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Scientific name: Aulonocara hueseri
Common name: Midnight peacock
Recommended pH range for the species: 8 - 8.4
Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 80.6°F)
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels </p>

Lifespan
The expected life span for Midnight peacock is 5-8 years.

Short description
Aulonocara hueseri earns its nickname by the way the males will strut around the tank displaying their fins. An undemanding fish to keep but regular water changes area must. They will appreciate rocks in the aquarium that are stacked to provide nooks and crannies as they can be aggressive towards each other and also to species that display a similar colouration. Sub-dominant males and females will be harassed by dominant males so hiding places will give them a respite. For this reason it is also advised to keep one male to 3-4 females to prevent all the harassment being aimed at one female. They are not the most aggressive of the Malawi species but care must still be taken to ensure some sort of harmony and balance in the aquarium.

Food and feeding
Midnight peacocks will accept quality flakes or pellets; frozen foods should also be included in the diet.

Sexing
Mature males will display a blue head with black dorsal and anal fins; the fins will have a white edge with egg spots. Females are less colorful; their bodies are silvery brown with a hint of yellow.

Breeding
Plenty of rock work should be added to the tank to create hiding places for the females if required. Add 2-3 females for the male; this often induces spawning straight away. A surefire way of obtaining breeding pairs is to purchase a group of juveniles and let them pair naturally, another trick some breeders use with these fish is to add the pairs to the breeding tank and let it stand without cleaning the glass décor or substrate for 3-4 weeks. Once cleaned this can induce spawning. The male will clean a chosen spawning site and if the female is interested she will swim over and they will then swim in circles around each other until spawning commences. When the pair has spawned the female will scoop up the eggs in her mouth and swim to the rear of the male who will then fertilize the eggs by releasing the milt into her mouth. The female will hold the eggs in her mouth for 25-30 days. By this time the eggs will have hatched and fry will be released. The fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.

Q: I just completed my order, what's next?
A: Before shipment, we quarantine all fish for at least 24-48 hours. During this period, we closely monitor the fish to make sure they are healthy. We also do not feed them during this time in order to 'clean out' their digestive system and limit their ability to soil the water.  This helps reduce the amount of waste in the bag and will keep the water clean.

Q: When can I expect my order to be ship?
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Note:  If the arrival date above don’t work for you please let me know on the note section upon check out on when you prefer to receive the package.

Q: Who delivers my order and how much?
A: UPS Next Day Air:
     For a low flat rate of $45 any where in the US with any size box.          

    Southwest:
    
For any order over $200 or order containing mostly large 4+ Males,
    we recommend Southwest Air Cargo for flat rate of $55.

   Delta Cargo:
  
This is available to all customers that does not have the option to use
   Southwest Air Cargo. Buyer will pay shipping at Delta Cargo Station upon pick
   up. (Usually around $75 - $80)

Q: Some or all of my fish arrived dead - what do I do?
A: We offer a Live Arrival Guarantee service for four hours after door delivery. In the event that a fish arrives dead in the shipping bag, you must take clear digital pictures of the fish in an unopened bag and email it to vegasvalleycichlids@gmail.com within four hours of receiving your package. Live Arrival Guarantee is voided after the bags have been opened.

VegasValleyCichlids.com will also refund (Not Store Credit) on any DOA'S that involve carrier mishandling, which includes delays (Less than 48 hours), damaged boxes or water temperature extremes. DOA's must be reported the day of arrival and be accompanied by an emailed photo to ensure refund.

    25% DOA
    We will refund 25% of shipping and the price of the DOA fish. 

   50% DOA
  
We will refund 50% of shipping the and price of the DOA fish.

   75% DOA
   We will refund 100% of shipping and 100% of all the fish.
   You keep the fishes that made it for FREE.

 

Aulonocara Hueseri "Midnight peacock"

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