Dragon Blood Cichlid 7cm
The Dragon Blood Cichlid is one of the most popular African cichlids and it is always found in any display Malawi peacock aquarium. The dragon blood peacock especially is a selectively bred variant which means that it has far stronger and deeper colors in comparison to other peacock cichlids.
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Dragon Blood Cichlid
The Dragon blood cichlid is one of the most popular African cichlids and it is always found in any display Malawi peacock aquarium. The dragon blood peacock especially is a selectively bred variant which means that it has far stronger and deeper colors in comparison to other peacock cichlids. It often has a deep orange or red with contrasting iridescent blue fins and a characteristic shine through its body which looks phenomenal under aquarium lighting. The Dragon blood peacock will get to around 17 cm (7 inches). African peacocks are commonly known to be semi-aggressive fish with aggression only coming out with territorial fights or breeding. The Dragon Blood peacocks are known to be a bit more peaceful due to their selective bred trait. Trying to find the males and females in African peacocks is fairly easy. The easiest method is to look at the egg spots on the anal fin of the fish. Males will have lots whereas females will have little to none. The wild habitat of the African peacock cichlid is lake Malawi of Africa.
Tank Recommendations for your Dragon Blood Cichlid
The dragon blood peacock is a very active fish that needs a tank that is at least 125 gallons (470 liters) and around 4 feet minimum width. Sand or crushed coral substrate is fine for the dragon blood peacock but for the aquascape overall it would be best to replicate a rocky African lake biotope with rocks that increase the PH like Texas rock or Seriyu stone.
Suitable Tank Buddies
The dragon blood peacock is fairly peaceful kept with other color variations of the peacock species. Consideration can be made to keep them peaceful Mbunas and Haps.
Other African peacocks like dragon blood or neon blues and other common species such as electric yellow labs.
Larger haps such as Venustus, Fuscodichromis, and small Africans such as Julidochromis.
Shrimp and nano aquarium fish like neon tetras, ember tetras, and also very aggressive South American cichlids such as Oscars and Jaguar Cichlids.
Feeding your Dragon Blood Peacock
The dragon blood Peacock is very easy to feed. It is an opportunistic feeder and will readily eat a wide range of foods being both dry, fresh, and frozen. Their diet should contain good quality African cichlid pellets with high contents of spirulina or greens. Feeding should occur once a day and it is best to do so during the day.
|Scientific Name||Aulonocara Selective Bred Var.|
|Common Names||Dragon blood peacock, strawberry peacock, red blood peacock|
|Max. Length (cm)||15|
|Min. Tank Volume (l)||470 Litres|
|Water Conditions||24-26° C (75.2-79° F), pH 8.0-8.5|