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Aulonocara maylandi kandeensis
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Group Haplochromis
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Discovered By TAWIL & ALLGAYER 1987
Common Name "Blue Orchid" "Kande Island"
Fish Size min 4" - max 6" Inches
Min Tank Size 30 Gallons
Sexual Differences Male develops a very dark blue/black head, body and fins. A brilliant white streak goes along the dorsal fin and down the head. Anal fin has several yellow eggspots. Females are grey/brown with some yellow in fins.
General Information Endemic to Kande Island. Found in intermediate zones. Diet in the wild consists of small insect larvae and crustaceans.

The aquarium should have some rockwork but still provide open swimming space both along the bottom and mid-tank region. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food, supplement occasionally with frozen brine, krill or mysis.

This is a small peacock, very similar in appearance to A. maylandi.

Keep one male to several females, do not keep with other Aulonocara species as hybridization can occur.






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