Sunshine Peacock
Sunshine Peacock
Sunshine Peacock

Sunshine Peacock

Country of Origin: 🇹🇭Thailand
Regular price $25.00
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Sunshine Peacock Cichlid

General Background

This Aulonacara is a type of Cichlid native to Lake Malawi in East Africa. It has a life expectancy of around ten years and will provide some much-needed color to any tank. Juveniles will be comfortable in a 50-gallon tank but should move to a 75 or 100-gallon tank at full size.

 

The adult males grow to around 5 inches in length and can be territorial. They’re semi-aggressive, making it a good idea to have a crowded tank. Crowding the tank prevents a more aggressive male from bullying one he perceives as weaker.

 

The males are much more colorful than the females. Their anal and dorsal fins come to a finer point, and they have egg spots. Their colors are a mix of bright blue and yellow.

 

Females are smaller and less colorful. They are black and silver and also more docile than the males. The females carry their fertilized eggs in their mouths for around a week or two. She may have between ten and twenty eggs at a time.

Tankmates 

The Sunshine Peacock Cichlid, like most African Cichlids, is a semi-aggressive species. That said, they can co-exist quite peacefully. Aggressive tendencies are most likely during the breeding time or when there are few fish in the tank.

 

As with many Cichlids, keeping large groups in the tank is an excellent way to calm aggression. This facilitates more water changes, but the decrease in aggression can make the extra work worthwhile.

 

The best tank mates include Peacocks, Haplochromis, and Mbuna. The Sunshine Peacock Cichlid may also co-exist with:

 

  • Barbs
  • Other African Cichlids
  • South American Cichlids
  • Eels
  • Loaches
  • Oscars
  • Plescostomus
  • Sharks
  • Shrimp
  • Crabs

Feeds

These fish are carnivores and thrive on live prey like snails, brine shrimp, or blood worms. However, they will also eat Cichlid pellets or flakes, frozen foods, and spirulina.

FAQ

How big do Sunshine Peacock Cichlids get?

The Sunshine Peacock Cichlid is a relatively small example of its species. The male grows up to about 5 inches in length over its lifespan of between six and ten years.

Are Sunshine Peacock Cichlids aggressive?

Do they need to be kept in a tank alone? No, because, like most Peacock Cichlids, they’re reasonably peaceful. It’s wise to take the precaution of keeping them in large schools to restrain their hostile tendencies.

 

Overall, without focusing on their aggression, they make good aquarium fish and allow for a beautiful display.

 

DOA Policy

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.

Shipping Policy

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.

FAQ

"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.