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09 May 2023

OB Peacock

OB Peacock

Profile - Aulonocara Sp. “OB”

Name: Aulonocara Sp.(OB) Unknown Lineage

Trade name:  OB peacock, several color morph names

Habitat: Provide rocks, sand and caves

Diet:  Omnivore.  Readily accept most foods: flakes, frozen, pellets, and live.

Potential size:  5"-6" in captivity

Gender differences:  Males as pictured.  Females are a silvery grey color with vertical barring.

Minimum recommended tank size:  30 gallon tank for a group of four

Minimum recommended group size:  Trios do quite well

Recommended group ratio:  1 male to 3-4 females

Breeding:  Maternal mouth brooder


General comments and observations:


OB peacocks exhibit every color under the sun and have become one of the most popular cichlids in the hobby.  OB peacocks are a man-made hybrid peacock cichlid.  They do not exist in the wild.  They have been line bred over multiple generations for colors ranging from white, yellow, orange, blue, red and a few more.  This strain is highly variable in its color presentation.  No two OB peacocks will look alike.  The exact lineage of the OB peacock has been lost but it is safe to assume they have been mixed with Halochromis type cichlids as well as OB Mbuna. Males exhibit varied colors on their faces and bodies.  Females tend to be rather drab and exhibit a brownish to silvery grey color with brown/black blotches.


They are a peaceful fish and generally tolerate other fish in the aquarium without issue.  During breeding, they can be mildly aggressive to females.  Generally speaking, a good ratio is one male to 3-4 females in a breeding setup.  Several males can be kept together in a show tank type setup without females.


Breeding is rather easy with this fish.  Provide rockwork and a cave or two and it should take care of itself.  Female peacocks will hold eggs in their buccal cavity for approximately 28 days.  At that time, fry are free swimming and can be fed a variety of small or crushed food.  Clutches usually run from 8-20 fry.  it should be noted, males can continue to be aggressive to females post spawn, so it is essential to provided adequate cover for the holding females.


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