An all male African peacock tank is the ultimate desire of most aulonocara fans . The splendor and excitement of the blazing colours in possessing an assortment of different colours is a sight to behold . Once you have blessed your eyes on seeing such a tank, it immediately impacts on your already driven passion to work towards having a tank filled with mentioned peacocks .
In order to work towards such a rewardable objective, you have to consider the following basic things:
- Tank Size.
- Water Quality.
- Rocky Formations.
It is a well known fact that Aulonocara peacocks are one of the least aggressive cichlids in their category. what is important to is that they tend to show aggression towards similar colour variations. So it may be prudent to source distinct colors as much as possible .
Your tank size may allow you the privilege to have more fishes of similar colors as they will have more space to escape belligerent behavior from some fishes.
The rocks provides refuge and the size of tank enables escape. Since there is no competition for females that element for aggression is out. I have managed more than fifty peacocks in a six feet tank ( 6 x 18 x 18 ) . I placed them in the tank at the size of 2.5 ” and very quickly a sort of hierarchy order is established. From then on you have a tank with a well managed aggression issue .
Please don’t be tempted to over stock you tank with small size fishes as they grow pretty fast when well treated and you end up in a position of too many fishes some months later as they grow. Be careful about the what they say about more more fishes less aggression which is somewhat true but you certainly don’t want an over crowded tank.
Best tank sizes for us are the regular 4 feet and six feet sizes. Peacocks love to swim about and they require sufficient room to do so . They are territorial and tend to have control of certain areas of the tank.
Water quality is fundamental importance as in all aquariums . It is best to have regular partial water changes to maintain optimum water quality. . You must ensure also that aeration is sufficient and there is not too strong a current flow.
This function in your aquarium is what sustains the quality of life of all your fishes . Regular checks to your top filter or sump is a must. Ensure you have good filter media so bacteria can populate and deal with the ammonia issues in an efficient manner .
- Moderate is better.
- Once a day is good.
- Twice a day is possible but ensure you don’t over feed.
- High protein may not be a good idea.
- Offer a balanced plant and animal protein diet for best health.
Here are some good guidelines by Kaveman Aquatics.