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Peacock Cichlids are among some of the most popular of Malawi Cichlids, available in a wide range of colours including the albino which also usually becomes very red when mature. Provide plenty of rocky areas for hiding places. We at Coburg Aquarium stock a huge selection of aquarium fish online.

Features of Peacock Cichlids:

  • Peacock Cichlids can come in many different colours and patterns
  • Males have brighter, bolder colors compared to females
  • Peacock cichlids are fast swimmers and require plenty of open space in the bottom and mid-sections of the tank
  • They’re active during the day and rest during the night


The Best Aquarium Size for Cichlid:

The minimum tank size for peacock cichlids is 100L, A big tank is very necessary for a community of four to six peacock cichlids. The tank size is going to affect fish lifespan, the bigger is always the better. Peacock cichlids are active swimmers that will use all the tank space you provide. The tank should have more horizontal than vertical space.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Peacock cichlids can peacefully share a tank with fish species that thrive in the same water conditions.  Don’t house peacock cichlids with aggressive fish species like betta fishtiger barbs, and most other cichlid species.

Great tank mates for Cichlid include:

 Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish.


Feeding :

A quality cichlid pellet, cichlid flakes that sinks to the bottom of the tank should be the foundation of their diet along with supplements of meat and vegetables. Live insects that sink to the bottom are also good, as are live or frozen cichlid food,  brine shrimp and Daphnia, or common water fleas.

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Peacock Cichlid Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Filters are preferable. These fish can take a decent current, so almost any filtration system will work.


These tropical fish will need warmer water, so a heater is required. A thermometer is also recommended to ensure the temperature is correct. 


Artificial lighting is recommended, cichlids may like a system that dims or can be customized to match their native habitat.

Plants for Cichlid

Live plants are a great idea. You should choose only hardy plants because peacock cichlids have a habit of digging and disturbing foliage.

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Decorations for Cichlid

Silk Plants, large rocks, caves, and hollow decorations are good choices. And don’t forget the driftwood, Peacock cichlids love driftwood. The more elaborate your setup, the better!

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Peacock cichlids are adapted to thrive in the tropical waters of Lake Malawi, with a sandy, rocky substrate

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.