German Red Peacocks

By C. Moormann

Aulonocara sp. "Stuartgranti Chipoka".

Some confusion exists regarding the red peacocks - Aulonocara "Ruby Red" (Rubin Red), Aulonocara "Rubescens" and Aulonocara "German Red". A good way to think of them is like the color varieties of livebearers like swordtails and platies. As new colors were developed, someone got to create a new name like 'red velvet' or 'pineapple' or one of the newer varieties 'koi'. Also, these fish are not hybrids. Possibly, a few may be hybrids, but this is the exception and not the rule. These fish were apparantly developed by German hobbyists by line breeding a single species: Aulonocara sp. "Stuartgranti Chipoka". In the lake, Aulonocara sp. "Stuartgranti Chipoka" demonstrates a variable color variation, ranging from sunflower yellow to fire-orange.

Here are a few of pictures of the german red peacocks I have:
Young firemouths. Photo, C. Moormann, 2009 Click to Enlarge

german-red-male-cichlid. Photo, C. Moormann, 2009 Click to Enlarge

german-red-male-cichlids. Photo, C. Moormann, 2009 Click to Enlarge

Another coloration issue is that in some aquariums only the dominant male will show the orange-red body with the blue head -- other subdominant males may just have a little red on the shoulder and blue and black bars more apparant on the back.

Here are movies of some of the fish on You-tube on the internet:
Large German Reds in greenhouse Large German Reds in greenhouse.
Some large german reds in a 135 gallon tankLarge german reds in greenhouse.
Young German Reds Young german reds.