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Remarks: Aulonocara rostratum have a unique, long snout, which they use to dig in the sand for small invertebrates. They are a sand-dwelling Aulonocara, and they inhabit the sandy shores of Lake Malawi at depths between 15-30m. Their vertical bars are much lighter in color than Peacocks that stick to the rocky reefs. Males have a tall blue body with black fins and gold egg spots. When they are in breeding dress, their fins turn jet-black and their body darkens considerably, as seen in the photos here. This species spawns in large breeding colonies, where males dig spawning craters to entice nearby females.
Scientific Name: Aulonocara rostratum
Max Size: 7.5"
Region of Origin: Lake Malawi, Africa
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Diet: Flake or pellet
Compatibility: Victorian Haps, Malawi Haps, Malawi Peacocks, Synodontis
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