Aulonocara eureka

Aulonocara eureka is a very colourful breeding variety. A beautiful Malawi cichlid probably originated from Aulonocara jacobfreibergi.

Aulonocara eureka

The males grow to about 13 centimetres and the females about 8 centimetres. This Aulonocara species is a cultivated form (selective breeding). They are probably bred from the Aulonocara jacobfreibergi and therefore also belong to the rock inhabiting Aulonocara. The stone formations provide many caves and shelters for the Aulonocara to reside in. The sand allows these fish to dig.

Gender Distinction

Males: bigger and very colourful
Females: small, brown and sometimes with orange anal and dorsal fins.

Diet

Catches invertebrates and other small animals in the sand.

Biotope

Transition area from sand to rock.

The aquarium

The aquarium should be equipped with a large number of rock structures and sand should be used on the bottom. This Aulonocara is a very lively swimmer and must therefore be given sufficient swimming space.

Behaviour

During the mating season, this Aulonocara is very nervous and swims feverishly through the aquarium. They chase away any fish that come too close to their “nest”. Aulonocara can be kept very well in a mixed aquarium as long as they are not overly aggressive. Keeping a number of different Aulonocara species in the same aquarium should be avoided, otherwise, they will cross-breed.

Aulonocara eureka is similar to other Aulonocara species, generally a bit more aggressive in its behaviour…

Author

Oliver Grogg – Malawi-Reich

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Oliver Grogg – Malawi-Reich

Additional information

Family

Genus

Species

eureka

Character

Social Behaviour

Breeding behaviour

Diet

Carnivorous

Zone

Origin

Length minimum in cm

8

Length maximum in cm

13

Temperature minimum

22

Temperature maximum

26

pH minimum

7.5

pH maximum

8.5

GH minimum

12

GH maximum

16

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