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 a 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 second photo is in memory of Don Stoner, one of my best customers who passed away 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.

These fish are grown in-stock and occasionally added to from wholesale sources. Last grow out count 12/07/2018. Next grow out count due 02/07/2019. Grow out counts are counts of the fish in stock checking for additional males and increases in size. 

Base price is a 2.5" Male

Best kept in single males in all male tanks, may work in groups of three or more males, though some secondary males may not achieve full color. 55-Gallon or larger tank recommended.

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 

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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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