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Aulonocara chitimba

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Aulonocara stuartgranti "Chitimba Bay" is a member of the Stuartgranti complex of Aulonocara species and is often sold by the trade name of "White Tip Masoni", thus a synonym for this fish is Aulonocara masoni. Another designation for this fish is "Chitimba Deep".

The Aulonocara species flock are often called "Malawi Peacocks" generically.

No matter what you call it, this is a nice looking peacock. Males get an overall royal blue metallic cast with an impressive white or ice blue edging to the dorsal fin. Males also have nice orange ventral fins, too.

Females, like most peacocks, are drab with an overall grey-tan case a few markings.

You should not keep Aulonocara stuartgranti "Chitimba Bay" with any other Aulonocara species as it may interbreed.

About eight to ten years ago when first introduced, this fish caused a considerable stir in the hobby. If I recall, a variety of fish were exported as "Masoni" but not all of them matched the description we know today.

The common name for this fish is The White Tip Masoni.


Aulonocara stuartgranti "Chitimba Bay" is a deeper water peacock often found at 20M or so over rocky areas.


Aulonocara stuartgranti "Chitimba Bay" presents no problems. I recommend a tank at least four feet in length. Water conditions are the same a recommended for other Malawi cichlids (hard and 76 to 80F).

In my experience, Aulonocara species do better over a sand substrate. The fish can be observed picking through the sand which is the natural feeding behavior of this fish.


Aulonocara species generally feed on invertebrates found in the sand and I assume Aulonocara stuartgranti "Chitimba Bay" does as well. I fed a variety of foods such as Dainichi Veggie Deluxe, HBH Graze, HBH Soft and Moist Veggie and the occasional treat of frozen Bloodworms.

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