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Blue peacock cichlid species identification thanks

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The other blue peacocks at the store wer bigger and a lighter blue he also has yello egg spots cuming through I thort it mite be mbenji or a Chiluba

Or it may just be a little bit of both.

Many unspecified peacocks sold in lfs are colour fed, so its colour may not be an actual representation of its natural colouration. It could even be an unnaturally coloured female if it is colour fed.

Definitely not breeding material, unless you just want to breed more unspecified blue peacocks.

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Hi Tommy,

Can you enlighten us as to your reason for wanting to breed peacocks?

They are a beautiful fish but have their problems in that there are many different geographic variants of peacock spread throughout Lake Malawi. Each geographic variant has their own unique male colouration, but the problem is that the females all look pretty much the same, and the different geographic variations will interbreed readily.

Unless you are buying your breeding stock from a reputable source, there is no guarantee you are buying pure breeding stock of any particular geographic variant. There are many many crossbred peacocks in Australia, and we don't really need any more.

This is no problem if you only plan to breed them for the fun of it and have no plans to sell the fry.

But if you do plan to sell the fry, then you should make the effort to obtain pure bred breeding stock of whichever geographic variant you prefer from a reputable source. Please note, pet barn type shops and even some specialist aquarium shops, along with private sellers on gumtree and facebook do not necessarily qualify as reputable sources.

I see you are located in Sydney. I don't know a lot about aquarium shops in Sydney in general, but I can highly recommend Labyrinth Aquarium :

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Labyrinth-Aquarium/535624259784785?sk=timeline&ref=page_internal

Andrew the owner is a lifelong hobbyist and long term member of the Cichlid Society in NSW and he and his staff are very knowledgeable about cichlids. If you are serious about breeding some nice Malawi cichlids, I would recommend you go and see the guys at Labyrinth and they will put you on the right track.

Cheers, Doug

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Thanks for all the replies I went to labyrinth Aquariums today and met Andrew he was gyrate and helped me to pick out a breeding colony of Small benga peacocks

Hi Tommy,

I'm glad Andrew was able to help you out.

I have bred Benga myself many years ago, they are a very nice peacock. I'm sure you will enjoy keeping and breeding them.

Cheers, Doug

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Excellent pick Tommy, I occasionally breed my colony of benga peacock's as well.

I find they have a nice temperament and colour.

I was going to suggest either mbenji or hansbaenschi if you were interested in blue colouration like your original guy.

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