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Aulonocara stuartgranti "Ngara"

by Frank Panis

Two shots of an adult male. Click on the photo for a high resolution picture. Photos by Frank Panis /MCH, Jan. 2005

Scientific name: Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara
Trade name: Aulonocara Ngara
Natural habitat: Sand environments near rocks
Food in the lake: Crustaceans and invertabrates that are localized in the sand with their special senses.
Food in the aquarium: A mix of quality pellets, flakes, krill, artemia, etc fed sparingly. No mammal meat!
Behaviour in my aquarium: They are the smallest cichlids in size compared to the Protomelas and Placidochromis in the actual tank, yet they are not bothered by it. They swim around and "listen" to the bottom for food. The males try to impress the females from time to time, but all in all they're really peaceful cichlids.
Tankmates: Every "peaceful" Malawi cichlid under a certain size (roughly 18 - 20cm) except Mbuna.
Maximal size: Can vary quite a bit depending on water quality and food amount. Grows to about 12 cm in captivity.
Aquarium: A tank of  >300L with a sufficient amount of rocks and caves is recommended. A sand bottom, pH between 7.5 - 8.5, temperature about 25°C

 
Aulonocara Ngara in my 750L aquarium


Personal notes:

Lately I tend to keep cichlids from other regions, but this doens't mean I don't appreciate the Lake Malawi species anymore. I bought a group of 2 males and 4 females to be added in the large Haps tank in the cellar, as I liked their appearance very much. They do quite well in there and I've already seen mouthbrooding females, but I didn't bother to recuperate the fry.


In the large cellar tank they really feel at home.


This picture is a bit distorted through the angle of the shot through the glass.


A close up of the head. A female is swimming in the background.


A sudden flash in the dark... In dim lit tanks this happens when a fish swims in the right angle to reflect the indirect light.

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