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Blueberry OB (Aulonocara Blueberry OB) German Import

Blueberry OB (Aulonocara Blueberry OB) German Import

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Max Size: 6.5" - 7"


The Aulonocara "Blueberry OB" is a captivating cichlid, characterized by its predominantly blue blotches, complemented by hints of red, orange, yellow, and even faint pink. The term "OB" stands for "Orange Blotched," indicating its unique color pattern. This fish is a man-made hybrid, resulting from the crossbreeding of a male Aulonocara species with an OB female mbuna. Its vibrant coloration and hybrid nature make it a sought-after addition to many aquariums.

Aquarium Size and Conditions:

  • Size: A 55-gallon tank can comfortably house up to 15 African cichlids, including the Blueberry OB. However, monitoring for aggressive behavior is crucial, and adjustments may be needed based on individual fish temperaments.
  • Water Parameters: The ideal conditions for the Blueberry OB include:
    • pH: A range of 6.5 to 7.5, with most tropical freshwater fish thriving at 6.8 to 7.8.
    • GH: Freshwater aquariums should maintain a GH between 4-8 dGH (or 70-140 ppm). African cichlids, including the Blueberry OB, generally prefer higher GH levels.
    • Nitrate: Levels should be kept at 40 ppm or less.
    • Nitrite: A level below 0.5 ppm is ideal.
    • Temperature: Tropical temperatures are preferred.

Feeding Recommendations:
The Aulonocara Blueberry OB is an omnivore with a preference for protein-rich foods. A balanced diet can include:

  • Staple Diet: High-quality cichlid pellets or flakes.
  • Variety: Brine shrimp, blackworms, live food, meaty food, worms, and vegetable matter.
  • Natural Diet: In their natural habitat, peacock cichlids consume zooplankton, insects, larvae, algae, crustaceans, and plant matter.
  • Feeding Frequency: Twice daily is recommended, with one day skipped each week. Smaller cichlids might require three feedings per day.

Additional Notes:

  • Aulonocara species, including the Blueberry OB, are polygamous mouth brooders. After laying eggs, females pick them up in their mouths for protection, with fertilization occurring while the eggs are in the female's mouth.
  • While Aulonocara cichlids are naturally aggressive, the Blueberry OB is considered mild to moderately aggressive. It's essential to monitor their interactions and be prepared to intervene if aggression escalates.
  • Aulonocara cichlids are active swimmers, primarily occupying the middle to bottom regions of the tank.
  • When housing males and females together, a ratio of two females for every male is recommended to minimize aggression and stress.
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