The Sulfurhead Peacock (Aulonocara maylandi) or Sulfurhead Aulonocara is a freshwater fish species of the Haplochromine Cichlid naturally inhabiting the shallow shores of Lake Malawi, East Africa.
These species are popular among aquarists due to their striking appearance. They possess a bright yellow band of color running from the tip of the snout over the anterior portion to their dorsal fin hence the name sulfur head.
Growing to approximately 5 inches in length, the Sulfurhead Peacock requires a minimum tank of 20 gallons for a pair. Water quality in the tank should be highly observed since these cichlids are extremely susceptible to deteriorating water quality.
The water temperature should be kept at 25-28°C and the pH range at 7.5 to 8.5. Rocks and driftwood should be included to provide ample hiding spaces and sand should be added as a substrate so that the fish can feed naturally.
The Sulfurhead Peacock is a bit calmer when compared to other African Cichlids from Lake Malawi. They will get along with several other species and will only squabble over territories since Sulfurhead Peacocks are usually territorial.
When proper care is taken of them, the Sulfurhead Peacock can live up to 8 years in captivity.
The Sulfurhead Peacock is a typical omnivore. They are very easy to feed in an aquarium and will appreciate both plant and meat-based foods. In the wild, they are bottom dwellers –they will sift through the sandy substrates for food which will typically be insects, larvae, zooplankton, and other crustaceans.
In the aquarium, they can be fed a pelleted diet such as:
Cichlid Excel or Sinking Cichlid Excel. We find our cichlids eat both so it is just a preference.
live or frozen foods such as:
Pellets, flakes, and vegetables such as cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, and spinach, should be included in their diet to ensure they have a balanced diet.
The Sulfurhead Peacock is a more peaceful member of the Lake Malawi African Cichlids and will get along with other similarly sized, non-aggressive fish.
Some of the most compatible tankmates for the Sulfurhead Peacock include:
When compared to other African Cichlids, the Sulfurhead Peacock is somewhat very peaceful and will only squabble mostly over territories and during spawning.
What fish can be kept with the Sulfurhead Peacock?
The Sulfurhead Peacock is only mildly aggressive and can get along with most other fish species that are of the same size and not aggressive.
Some of the most suitable tank mates for the Sulfurhead Peacock include Yellow Mbuna, Synodontis Catfish, and other peacocks.
How big do the Sulfurhead Peacock get?
The Sulfurhead peacock can grow up to a length of 5 inches in an aquarium.
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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