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This species of fish is a great addition to any aquarium environment, as the Red Peacock Cichlid is a peaceful, vibrant species. With an aquarium that is at least 50 gallons, plenty of rocks for territories, and a sandy bottom, the Red Peacock Cichlid will thrive. To get the most out of this species, it is important to provide a ratio of 3 to 4 females to one male, as this will reduce the chance of aggression. Additionally, the males are usually only aggressive towards their own species when their territory is invaded upon. With the right environment and ratio, the Red Peacock Cichlid can be a beautiful, peaceful addition to any aquarium.
We strongly recommend that a group of at least 6 females be provided for every male, as this will ensure that the female is not overtaxed by the amount of eggs she produces. Additionally, the presence of multiple females will help to reduce stress on the male, who may become aggressive if he does not have a suitable mate. Incubation typically lasts 3 weeks, and upon release, the fry should be provided with freshly hatched brine shrimp and finely ground flake food for optimal nutrition.
The Red Peacock Cichlid should be fed a variety of high quality foods that include both meaty and vegetable-based foods. Feed live and frozen brine shrimp along with Spirulina-based flake and pellet foods.