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Red OB (Aulonocara Red OB) German Import

Red OB (Aulonocara Red OB) German Import

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Max Size:  6"-7"


The Red OB Peacock Cichlid, also known as Aulonocara Red OB, is a striking hybrid fish, a cross between a male Aulonocara species and a female OB Mbuna. The term "OB" stands for "Orange Blotched," indicative of its unique color pattern. This cichlid boasts a vibrant red phenotype, complemented by contrasting shades that can range from black, blue, orange, yellow, to white in males. Females typically display a more subdued palette of black and silver. Not native to Lake Malawi, this hybrid species is recognized for its vivid colors and peaceful nature, making it a favorite among aquarium enthusiasts.

Aquarium Size and Conditions:

  • Size: A minimum of 55 gallons (208 liters) is recommended to accommodate the Red OB's active nature and territorial tendencies.
  • Water Parameters:
    • Temperature: Between 75° and 82°F (24° and 28°C).
    • pH: Alkaline water with a pH ranging from 8.0 to 9.0.
    • Alkalinity: 10° to 25° dKH (180 ppm to 450 ppm).
  • Tank Setup: The aquarium should prioritize horizontal space over vertical. A sandy substrate is ideal, and the inclusion of driftwood or caves is essential, providing the bottom-dwelling Red OB with hiding spots and territories.

Feeding Recommendations:

The Red OB Peacock Cichlid is an omnivore with a diverse diet:

  • Staple Diet: Primarily sinking pellets.
  • Supplements: Meaty foods like live insects, brine shrimp, and water fleas, as well as vegetables.
  • Avoid: Worms and mammalian meats to prevent Malawi bloat.
  • Feeding Frequency: Adult Red OBs should be fed 2–3 times daily, while fry should receive smaller portions 5–7 times a day.

Additional Notes:

  • The Red OB Peacock Cichlid is a diurnal species, active during the day and resting at night. Its swift swimming nature requires ample open space in the tank's bottom and middle sections.
  • Males exhibit brighter metallic colors, ranging from yellow and orange to red and blue, while females are generally pale pink, orange, or brownish-gray. Both genders have a spotted pattern.
  • This cichlid is sexually dimorphic, with males being more colorful and slightly larger than females.
  • Despite its hybrid origins, the Red OB maintains a peaceful demeanor, making it suitable for cohabitation with other similar-sized, non-aggressive species.
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