Time To Know More About Cichlids: Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi

Aulonocara jacobfreibergi

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Aulonocara jacobfreibergi “Tanzania Orange” Pictured

  • Common names:  There not many common names available for the jacobfreibergi.  Due in part to its wide distribution in the Lake.   Each location has a different color morph and is oftentimes referred to by the location rather than a common name.   
  • Locations collected from:  Otter Point, Hai Reef, Hongi Island, Cape Kaiser, Mara Rocks, Undu Reef(mamelela “Lemon Jake”), Domwe Island, Mbowe Island, Boadzulu Island, Cape Maclear, and probably some others also.  It is distributed for the most part lake-wide.  
  • Approximate Size:  4-6 inches  
  • Food:  Not a picky eater.  Will accept flake food, pellet food, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, or pretty much anything else that you can throw in the tank.  
  • Water Conditions:  pH between 7.5 and 8.5.   Temperature 75 – 82 degrees F.  
  • Breeding Behavior:  Mouthbrooder. It is best to keep them with several females and a lot of rock work.  Adult size females typically have broods between 20 and 40, with occasional larger spawns.  All peacocks will interbreed freely so it is best to keep species separated for purposes of breeding.   Female peacocks can be differentiated between but it takes years of keeping each species to be able to distinguish the differences.
  • Care of the Fry:  Fry can eat crushed flake foods, baby brine shrimp, and other small foods.  They are a hardy fast growing fry that is not picky about their water conditions.
  • Tankmates:  Does well with the calmer Malawi Cichlids, Victorian Cichlids, and calmer Tanganyikans. I kept mine with Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. “Mbamba”, Astatotilapia nubila, Haplochromis sp. “All Red”, and Altolamprologus compressiceps.

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