Dragonblood Cichlid
Aulonocara sp.

Care Level






Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5" - 8"

Minimum Tank Size

75 gallon


Blue, Red, Pink, White



Water Conditions

Slightly Basic (7.5-8.5 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (6-12 dGH), 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Dragonblood Peacock (Aulonocara sp.) is a hybrid product that is derived from the successful reproduction of various Lake Malawi Peacock Cichlids. Likely parents to the Dragonblood Cichlid include the Rubin Red (Aulonocara sturatgranti), Gold (Aulonocara korneliae), and the Otter Point (Aulonocara jacobfreibergi. The Dragonblood Cichlid will reach a length of seven inches, and may live for well over ten years in captivity. The Dragonblood Cichlid is relatively passive for an African Cichlid, and should be kept with other members of the scientific family Cichlidae of similar temperament in an aquarium larger than 75 gallons.

Fecundity: The Dragonblood Cichlid (Aulonocara sp.) is a mouthbrooding fish that may produce up to 75 eggs per clutch.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly Basic (7.5-8.5 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (6-12 dGH)

Aquarium Diet: Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Spirulina, Omnivorous Cichlid Pellet

Dimorphism: The Dragonblood Cichlid (Aulonocara sp.) male will develop an intense coloration, as well as elongated dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins. The female will retain her basic coloration, and fin shape. Also, the male will develop egg spots, on the anal fin, that will be utilized during the reproductive process.

Compatibility: The Dragonblood Cichlid (Aulonocara sp.) are typically compatible with other Aulonocara, and Haplochromis of similar size. Along with African Cichlids, the Synodontis catfish are typically compatible with fish from the Rift Valley region.

Author: Grant Stevens