|Located around Namalenje, Nankoma, Nakantenga, Maleri, Mumbo and Chidunga Rocks. Found mostly in intermediate zones. Diet in the wild consists of microinvertebrates found in the sand.
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 froze brine, krill or mysis.
Keep one male to several females, do not keep with other Aulonocara species as hybridization can occur. A. maleri differs from A. baenschi primarily based on the slope of the forehead which is straight rather than curved as in A. baenschi.