Origin: Peacocks of Malawi are a family of closely related fish in an extended family of fish, called Cichlids.
The ancestors of the Peacocks lived only in Lake Malawi in East Africa.
But now they live in aquariums all over the world. There are several species of Peacocks for sale in this store.
Maximum Size: In aquariums males can grow to be about 7" long, including their tails, which is a nice size for aquariums.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include other Peacocks, mild tempered Mbunas like the Lemon Yellow Mbuna, and Synodontis Catfish, also Cichlids from Lake Victoria, but probably not Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika.
Click here for more about Synodontis Catfish.
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Temperature: Peacocks live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F., with 78 being perhaps ideal.
Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.
Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best type of food feed to Cichlids, and can be fed to them throughout their entire lives.
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Water Conditions: Lake Malawi has hard alkaline water that is best for all the fish, whose ancestors lived there.
But these fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity.
Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.
Aquarium Size: Malawi Peacocks like this fish will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water and 100, 120 and 150-gallons are better.
Each Peacock will need at least 5-gallons of water, and Peacocks live best in an aquarium with at least 12 other compatible Cichlids of about the same size.
Decor: Peacocks do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
Breeding: Peacock from Malawi are mouthbrooders. A female lays eggs, a male fertilizes the eggs, and the female picks up the eggs in her mouth.
She'll brood them for about 3-weeks, then release them in the aquarium.
They are miniature versions of their mother and very cute!
Click here to read more about breeding mouthbrooders. the aquarium.
Popularity: Since the 1960s Peacocks from Lake Malawi have been very popular fish.
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DrTom - 11/03/2015
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