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Dragon Blood Peacock
The Dragon Blood Peacock, scientific name Aulonocara baenschi, is a hybrid variety of the Sunburst Peacock. This fish species has deep red coloring on its sides, which develops as the males mature. There are 23 Aulonocara species in total.
Dragon Blood Peacocks have a beautiful and full bright red head and body, with Peacock Cichlids showing a wide variety of colors and patterns. They make great additions for a cichlid community tank, adding bright coloring and minimal aggression in the aquarium.
Adults can reach a full-grown size of 6-7 inches with an average life span of 6-8 years. Males less than five inches may not show much color, which only develops if they settle well in the fish tank. Males are more colorful than females, which typically display drab silver or brown colors. The fins of these fish species determine their sex, with males having slightly longer and “pointed” dorsal and anal fins. Females display more rounded fins.
The Dragon Blood Peacock male may also display bright egg spots on the anal fin, with only a small percentage of females showing this feature. Peacocks are maternal mouthbrooders, with the females taking care of the eggs and the fry. The average brooding period before the female releases her fry is three weeks.
This fish species is mildly aggressive, so you should ideally pair them with other similarly sized African cichlids, including Cuckoo Catfish, Clown Loaches, Plecos, Featherfin Catfish, Bristlenose Catfish, and Ghost Knives.
They can also live peacefully with American cichlids, larger Gourami, Eels, Golden Perch, and larger sharks, but avoid pairing them with Mbunas.
Feeds and Feeding
Dragon Blood Peacocks are omnivores feeding on algae, small crustaceans, and cichlid fry. In captivity, a high-quality cichlid flake or pellets with an adequate amount of yellow carotene pigments are vital to their diet. You can supplement this diet with frozen brine shrimp or bloodworms as their diet in the wild is meat-based.
Do albinos exist in Dragon Blood Peacocks?
Yes, albinos are present in the Dragon Blood Peacock fish species. Their other names include Strawberry Peacock or Fire Fish and show remarkable color variations. Females are typically orange or pink, and males bright white or light blue.
Are Dragon Blood Peacocks aggressive?
Dragon Blood Peacocks are mildly aggressive and display conspecific aggression, i.e., aggression towards their species. However, they do relatively well in community fish tanks.
Scientific Name: Aulonocara sp.
Origin: Lake Malawi, Africa
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive. We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish but shipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer. If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be UPS Next Day Air unless otherwise noted. Processing fish for your order can take up to 2 business days. This is to ensure your fish and healthy, happy, and ready to be put in your tank when it arrives. We ship fish on Mondays- Wednesday (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping and ensure they are healthy prior to arrive at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensure they maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures the health and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only the continental United States.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive. We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense. If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.