Aulonocara maisoni - 1.25 -2.25 inches

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Tank raised by Florida fish farmer or hobbyist MALAWI CICHLIDS SOLD ON THIS SITE ARE GENERALLY 1.25 INCHES TO 2.25 INCHES IN LENGTH AND ARE SOLD AS UNSEXED JUVENILES. DIFFERENT SIZES WILL BE DESIGNATED IN THE SIZE CHART BELOW. Small: 1 inch Regular: 1.25 -2.25 inches Medium: 2.5- 3 inches Large: 4-6 inches If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 3 inches you will be safe with small , and regular sizes. If you are stocking a tank that has existing cichlids that are over 3 inches you should only choose regular, or medium sizes. Most cichlids sold in pet stores are 2 -2.5 inches in size. Our fish are sold smaller because of the demand for these fish and because they ship better at smaller sizes. Our customers have accepted this due to the rarity of the fish offered on our website compared to many of the retail stores. These fish grow so fast, the initial size is less relevant to the quality of genetics and rarity of species. Our regular sized fish will measure between the width of a quarter and the width of a $.50 cent piece. The dynamics of the size is manifested when you know that a 2 inch fish will appear to be 3-4 times the mass of a 1.25 inch fish, since it is not just longer but deeper and thicker and the color is often more robust.

Aulonocara masoni belongs to the Aulonocara stuartgranti complex of peacock cichlids. It is unique in that it shares a location with another, closely related A. stuartgranti member – Aulonocara maulana. These two species reside at Chitimba Bay, Malawi and are separated by less than 20 meters in depth and a mere 2.5 km of sand! The masoni is a deep water fish, claiming a habitat of large sheets of sandstone at 22 m whereas the maualana is found on a sand bar at only 5 m down. Masoni are characterized by an overall blue body color with orange ventral fins. It is also one of the largest of the peacocks, reaching lengths as long as 13 cm.

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