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Bi Color 500 (Aulonocara Maulana Bi Color 500)

Bi Color 500 (Aulonocara Maulana Bi Color 500)

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Max Size: 6"- 7"


The Bi Color 500 (Aulonocara Maulana Bi Color 500) is a beautiful and popular cichlid fish that is native to Lake Malawi in Africa. It is known for its striking coloration of bright blue with a thick yellow shoulder band. Males are typically larger and more colorful than females. Bi Color 500s are relatively easy to care for and are a good choice for both experienced and beginner aquarists. They are also relatively peaceful, but they can be territorial towards their own kind. It is important to provide them with plenty of hiding places in their aquarium.

Aquarium Size and Conditions:

  • Tank Size: A minimum of 50 gallons is recommended, with larger tanks being more suitable.
  • Water Parameters:
    • Temperature: Between 75-82°F (24-28°C).
    • pH: 7.8-8.6.
    • Hardness: 10-20 dH.
    • Ammonia and Nitrite: 0 ppm.
    • Nitrate: Less than 20 ppm.
  • Water Changes: Regular water changes of 20-30% should be performed weekly.

Feeding Recommendations:

Bi Color 500s are omnivores. Their diet should comprise high-quality flake food, pellets, and a mix of frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and mysis shrimp. It's advisable to feed them multiple small meals throughout the day.

Additional Notes:

  • Behavior: Bi Color 500s are generally peaceful, but they can exhibit territorial behavior, especially towards their own kind. It's recommended to house them in a species-specific tank or with other Malawi cichlids of similar size and temperament. Providing ample hiding spots in the form of caves is essential.
  • Aquarium Setup: A well-filtered aquarium is crucial to maintain water quality. Regular water testing is advised to ensure parameters remain within the recommended range. Offering a varied diet ensures the fish receive all necessary nutrients. Observing the fish for any signs of illness or stress is essential for their well-being.


Bi Color 500s can be kept with other Malawi cichlids of similar size and temperament. However, it is important to avoid keeping them with Mbuna cichlids, as these fish are more aggressive. Other good tank mates for Bi Color 500s include Synodontis catfish and other non-cichlid fish from Lake Malawi.

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