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09 May 2023

Ruby Red Peacock

Ruby Red Peacock


Profile - Aulonocara Stuartgranti Chipoka “Ruby Red”

Name: Aulonocara Stuartgranti Chipoka (Ruby Red)

Trade name:  Ruby Red, Rubin, Reubescens

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:


Ruby Red peacocks are a fascinating man-made peacock cichlid.  They have been line bred over multiple generations for the red/orange coloration.  This strain is highly variable in its color presentation.  Their vibrant red/orange color stands out in a crowd of fish.  Males exhibit a metallic blue coloration on their face with a red to orange color on their bodies.  Females tend to be rather drab and exhibit a brownish to silvery grey color with vertical barring.


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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