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Premium Assorted Male Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara sp.)

$19.99$29.99

One of the most popular groups of all African Rift Lake Cichlids, the Peacocks of the genus Aulonocara are large, bold, and vividly colored fish that inhabit the rocky shoreline areas of Lake Malawi. In the wild, these fish are found in loose aggregations, with males taking up and defending territories among the rocks. In the aquarium, they are aggressive and territorial, and ideally should only be kept with other Rift Lake Cichlids or larger Synodontis catfish species. Their aggression can be tempered by keeping them in large groups with lots of caves or rockwork for cover. Peacock Cichlids are largely herbivores and should be fed a diet high in algae or vegetable matter. Although hardy and very adaptable, they will display their best coloration in hard, alkaline water. This premium assortment consists of both wild type and line bred strains including Sulphur Head, Lemon “Jakes” (A. jacobfreibergi), O.B., Dragon Blood, and others.

Pinstripe Damba Cichlid (Paretroplus menarambo)

$29.99

A rarely seen species of Madagascan Cichlid, the Pinstripe Damba or Menarambo Cichlid is a large growing, bold and active species found in a few rivers and lakes in Northwestern Madagascar. In the wild, they are critically endangered due to habitat destruction and competition from introduced species like Tilapia, but tank-bred specimens are available from time to time in the hobby. It was considered extinct in the wild for some time until a small wild population was recently discovered. Like some of the other members of its genus, P. menarambo is often found in shoals in the wild, and will do best in a group of 5 or more. Aggressive and often extremely territorial, they are best kept in a species tank or with other robust, large tankmates that are not at risk of being picked on. Pinstripe Damba are voracious eaters, and should be fed a varied diet including some algae or vegetable based foods.

Demasoni Cichlid (Pseudotropheus demasoni)

$8.99

A popular and colorful African Rift Lake Cichlid, the Demasoni Is found along the rocky shoreline areas of Lake Malawi. In the wild, these fish are found in loose aggregations, with males taking up and defending territories among the rocks. In the aquarium, they are aggressive and territorial but far less so than many other African Cichlid species, which combined with their small adult size has made them one of the more popular species in the genus. Demasoni Cichlids are largely herbivores and should be fed a diet high in algae or vegetable matter. Although hardy and very adaptable, they will display their best coloration in hard, alkaline water.

Buffalo Head Cichlid (Steatocranus casuarius)Out Of Stock

Buffalo Head Cichlid (Steatocranus casuarius)

$12.99

A medium-sized, stream dwelling cichlid originating in the Congo River basin in Central Africa, the Buffalo Head, Lionhead, or Blockhead Cichlid has been popular in the aquarium hobby for many years and is now commercially bred for the trade. In the wild, these fish are adapted for life in fast-flowing waters, and are powerful swimmers with reduced swim bladders which spend most of their time on the bottom of the aquarium. An active and interesting aquarium resident, they prefer fine substrate and plenty of structure in the form of rocks or driftwood. Males will pick out and actively defend a territory from rivals but are generally peaceful towards other tankmates. Although hardy and adaptable, they will do best in conditions similar to their wild habitat, especially well-oxygenated water with moderate to strong current.

Spotted Damba Cichlid (Paretroplus maculatus)Out Of Stock

Spotted Damba Cichlid (Paretroplus maculatus)

$29.99

A rare species of Madagascan Cichlid, the Spotted Damba or Damba Mipentina is a large growing, bold and active species found in slow-moving rivers and lakes in Northwestern Madagascar. In the wild, they are critically endangered due to habitat destruction and competition from introduced species like Tilapia, but tank-bred specimens are available from time to time in the hobby. Like some of the other members of its genus, P. maculatus is often found in shoals in the wild, and will do best in a group of 5 or more. Aggressive and often extremely territorial, they are best kept in a species tank or with other robust, large tankmates that are not at risk of being picked on. Spotted Damba are voracious eaters, and should be fed a varied diet including some algae or vegetable based foods.

Zebra Tilapia (Tilapia buttikoferi)Out Of Stock

Zebra Tilapia (Tilapia buttikoferi)

$8.99

A large growing, attractive, and extremely aggressive cichlid found throughout much of West Africa, the Zebra Tilapia or Buttikoferi Cichlid is both a popular aquarium fish in the US and a food fish in many other countries. Like most of its relatives, the species is incredibly hardy and will survive in a broad range of water conditions, but prefers slightly alkaline water with temperatures in the middle range of tropical. Zebra Tilapia are fiercely territorial, especially as adults, and finding any tankmates they will be compatible with is a challenge. They are best kept singly or as a pair, although they may tolerate some large, robust dither fish like larger barbs.

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Emperor Cichlid (Boulengerochromis microlepis)

$49.99

The largest growing of all African cichlids, the Emperor or Giant Cichlid is native to Lake Tanganyika, where it is typically found in deeper waters up to 200 feet deep. In the wild, juvenile fish are omnivorous like most rift lake cichlids but as they grow they become more predatory. In the aquarium, they are relatively hardy and easy to care for but given their enormous adult size are suitable only for the largest aquariums or indoor ponds. Larger fish are territorial and aggressive like most rift lake cichlids, and if a pair forms they will defend an extremely large territory against any tankmates.