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Red peacock cichlids are very beautiful aquarium fish, I have given some important information about Red Peacock Cichlids


  •  Their colour is generally Red

  •  Fully grown adult fish size is approximately 15 cm

  •  Male is more colourful and looks very attractive during breading season

  •  Male have egg spots on anal fins and slightly more pointed dorsal fins than female

Life span:

7 to 10 years


  •  Red peacock cichlids are originated from Lake Malawi in eastern Africa which is 9th largest lake of the world

  •  Peacock cichlids are available in 20 varieties

  •  Cichlids are not a natural fish, years of breeding make them and now this fish don't have any natural habitat

  •  It is a aquarium fish


  •  Red peacock cichlids are semi aggressive

  •  Relatively clam than other cichlids

  •  Red peacock cichlids actively hunt other small species of the tank

  •  Red peacock cichlids become very aggressive when their area taken by other fish


  •  Keeping multiple female fishes with one male will give relief to the egg carrying mother red peacock cichlid

  •  Three to four female fish is good with one male fish

  •  Red peacock cichlid couple having babies can be aggressive to other fishes of the tank to protect their babies, keeping them in a separate breeding tank will be a good idea


  •  Meaty foods are their favorite food but In general they are omnivores

  •  Give them very high quality cichlid pallets

  •  Red peacock cichlids are bottom dwellers, means they shifts small stones for searching foods like planktons, small insects, larvae etc.

What can be given as food to red peacock cichlids?

  •  Mixture of shrimps

  •  Blood worms

  •  Spirulina

  •  Frozen Daphnia