Looking for a colorful choice for your tank? Consider an O.B. peacock cichlid. This fish results from a hybridization involving male Aulonocara cichlids and female mbuna cichlids. Both these cichlid species originated in Lake Malawi in Africa and, as such, generally prefer a freshwater tank.
Peacock cichlids come in several colors, often featuring blue, red, yellow, orange, black, and white scales. This species is dimorphic, with males developing a mixed and spotted coloration, while females keep a black and silver coloring (while developing a spotted morph).
Expect to maintain a minimum 55-gallon tank for peacock cichlids, with some adults requiring 100 gallons or more to flourish. We don’t consider peacock cichlids either plant or reef compatible. They thrive with a low level of care and may produce eggs if you keep a male and female together.
O.B. peacock cichlids may live up to 15 years. Aquarium experts consider the species very hardy and rate them as semi-aggressive to aggressive with other aquatic animals.
Peacock cichlids may develop aggressive traits, particularly male cichlids. However, they do well in tanks with large amounts of other cichlids, particularly:
Electric yellow cichlids
Blue peacock cichlids
They may also do well with Victorian haps and Malawi haps. A higher number of cichlids can prevent an aggressive male from targeting single individuals. We recommend changing your tank water frequently if you keep a higher number of cichlids.
Our food of choice: Cichlid Excel Mini 8.8 oz.
Your O.B. peacock cichlid eats an omnivorous diet, giving you a range of feeding options. Cichlids eat everything from flakes and pellets to brine shrimp and blackworms. Consider a food with a spirulina or algae base for best results when feeding your O.B. peacock cichlids.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does the O.B. Stand for With Peacock Cichlids?
O.B. stands for “orange blotched” when referring to peacock cichlids. The orange blotching is a result of the artificial hybridization of two pre-existing cichlid species. Note that the O.B. peacock cichlid does not exist in the wild.
How Big Will Your O.B. Peacock Cichlid Get?
O.B. peacock cichlids vary in size based on their sex. Males generally reach around six inches in size; females only grow to about four inches. Their final size may depend in part upon the care they receive in the tank and several other genetic factors.
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 butshipping 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 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey 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 thehealth 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 thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"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.
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