Two of this species’ common names, Yellow Peacock and Sunshine Peacock, accurately describe the resplendent colors of males in full breeding condition. There are at least three different color morphs – the blue-yellow is the one that is bred most often. Females, however, are relatively drab.
Other common names
- Sunshine, Nkhomo-Benga, Baensch’s Peacock, Aulonocara Benga
- Around Nkhomo Reef in Lake Malawi.
- Males around 3 1/2in (9cm) in the wild, but can grow larger in aquaria; females smaller.
- Territorial, but relatively peaceful toward other fishes.
- Livefoods and commercial diets accepted.
- Properly constructed backgrounds that reach almost to the water surface, with plenty of boltholes. Must be well lit and well filtered. Medium-hard, alkaline- water required. Temperature range: 72-77 F (22-25 C).
- Typical maternal mouthbrooder (see Astatotilapia burtoni).