• Aulonocara baenschi Nhkomo Reef (Benga) (Sunshine)

The male has a blue face and a very bright yellow body. Females are cream with brown stripes and may or may not show some yellow.  These fish are part of the Stuartgaranti group of peacocks. They are very calm and peaceful peacock fish. Sometimes this fish is referred to as a Sunshine peacock. Benga is very popular in the hobby. C.A.R.E.S. Program Fish, Endangered facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. 

The photo is in memory of Don Stoner, one of my best customers who passed away on 2/27/2017. Don gave me this and a few other photos of fish I sold to him to use on my site for which I will always be grateful.

Have you tried Smart Start Complete yet? It helps to keep your aquarium water cycle system working and keep fish healthy. CAS uses it in our tanks. Our 12 oz. bottles take up the same space as one 3.5" or smaller fish in our 12 x 12 x 10 and larger boxes. This means you can ship a bottle with your fish order with no extra shipping charge in most cases. see https://www.cichlidsarespecial.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=343 for more information. 

These fish are grown inStore.  

The minimum price is for a 2.5" male. 

1.5 and 2" sex uncertain six-packs may be available by request through email. Groups of one male plus five females will occasionally be posted on the web site. Otherwise, 2.5" and larger males will be posted on the web site. 

Best kept in single males in all-male tanks.  It is hard to beat the color of an all-male African Cichlid Tank. Sometimes a single male may feel intimidated by other larger tank mates. In cases like that, they may work in groups of three or more males. 55-Gallon or larger tank recommended. 3.5" and larger males are less likely to be intimidated by other fish.

The best mix of sex for breeding is one male with five or six females. 20 gallon or larger tank recommended. 

Do not mix with Lemon Jake (See Compatibility Chart)

Please note: No sex is guaranteed on sex uncertain fish. Watch for groups with guaranteed males and females for certain sexed fish in a group. Broods are about 50/50.

Recommended Foods: Recommended Foods:  Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee This food will help to maintain color. 

Profile Specs
Scientific Name Aulonocara Baenschi Benga (New Regal Sunshine)
Common Name(s) Aulonocara Baenschi Benga (New Regal Sunshine)
Geo. Origin Nkhomo Reef near Benga; Malawi
Habitat Intermediate Zone
Diet Carnivore
Gender Differences Dimorphic
Breeding Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size 5"
Temperature 78 - 82F
pH 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness Hard

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Aulonocara baenschi Nhkomo Reef (Benga) (Sunshine)

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