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Swallowtail Cichlid

Swallowtail Cichlid

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Swallowtail Cichlid

Swallowtail Cichlids showcase captivating combinations of vibrant yellow, blue, and black coloration, resembling the elegant tail of a swallow, making a Swallowtail Peacock Cichlid a coveted gem for aquarists seeking a unique and visually striking centerpiece fish.

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Swallowtail Peacock Cichlid

Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (Otter Pt.)

Swallowtail Cichlid can reach an adult size of 6 to 7 inches and prefer warm water temperatures of 74 to 84°F. Swallowtail Peacock Cichlids showcase vibrant blue hues, vivid yellow accents, and striking black markings.

  • Average Adult Size

    6 to 7 inches | 15 to 18 cm

  • Temperature

    74 to 82 ° F | 23 to 28 ° C

  • Temperament


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Swallowtail Cichlid

Swallowtail Cichlid for Sale

Swallowtail Cichlids display a sleek body adorned with shades of blue, vibrant yellow accents, and striking black markings, creating a captivating and visually appealing appearance.

Scientific Name: Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (Otter Pt.)
Common Name(s): Swallowtail Cichlid, Swallowtail Peacock Cichlid, Malawi Butterfly, Swallowtail Jake
Family: Peacock
Origin: Otter Point, Lake Malawi, Tanzania, Africa
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred

Temperament: Aggressive
Tank Habitat: Rocky tank with plenty of open swimming space and caves
Maximum Size: 7 inch / 18 cm

Water Temperature: 74-82° F (23-28° C)
Water pH: 7.5-8.4
Water Hardness: Hard

Diet: Omnivore / Flake or pellet / Blood worms, Snails or Brine Shrimp (Live or Frozen)

Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder

Swallowtail Cichlid Size

Swallowtail Peacock Cichlids can reach a maximum size of 7 inches, while the typical size ranges between 6 and 7 inches.

Swallowtail juvenile and fry are small, measuring 1/4 inch to about 1 1/2 inches.

Growing Swallowtail peacock adults range from 2 to 3 inches, with fully grown adults reaching 6 to 7 inches, averaging around 5 to 6 inches in length.

Swallowtail Cichlid Tank Mates

Tank Mate Compatibility: African Malawi Peacocks, African Malawi Haps, African Victorian Haps

Swallowtail Tank Size

Cichlid Tanks

Swallowtail Cichlids are lively swimmers, thriving amidst the freedom of ample space adorned with river rocks, reefs, and captivating tank decor, along with a suitable substrate.

For a truly blissful and thriving cichlid, we highly recommend a 55-gallon tank, ensuring sufficient room.

However, if you aspire to witness the majestic growth of a full-sized Swallowtail reaching its impressive 6-inch potential, a cichlid tank ranging from 60 to 120 gallons will grant the ideal habitat.

Click the link below to explore our recommended Cichlid tanks, tailor-made for your aquatic companions.

Swallowtail Peacock Cichlid

Swallowtail Male

The male Swallowtail Peacock is a striking fish, displaying vibrant black accents and prominent yellow markings that elegantly flow across its body, creating a captivating sight as it swiftly moves through the water elevating any tank that he finds himself in.

These colors truly come alive in motion, captivating the onlooker's gaze.

When it comes to size, the average adult male Swallowtail reaches an impressive range of 6 to 7 inches, showcasing the growth potential of this remarkable species.

Curiously, males of this species demonstrate a preference for hiding in caves and exploring the rocky domains of their aquatic realm, seeking shelter and intrigue rather than the simplicity of plain sandy areas.

Swallowtail Female

Swallowtail Cichlid females exhibit a delicate charm, adorned with hues of silver and grey, showcasing a beauty unique. With an average size ranging from 4 to 5 inches, she gracefully complements the larger male counterpart.

Swallowtail Male vs Female

When these beautiful cichlids coexist, the male Swallowtail takes the lead, assuming dominance and shaping the environment within the tank. Males grow larger in size, while the females maintain a slightly smaller stature, harmonizing the dynamics of their world.

Swallowtail Cichlid Juvenile

As Swallowtail Cichlid juveniles embark on their journey from fry to adulthood, they undergo a wondrous transformation, steadily growing in size. Typically measuring between 1 to 2 inches, these young ones may start revealing hints of coloration, giving a glimpse into the future magnificence of the male sex.

Swallowtail Fry

A testament to the female's profound ability, she can produce up to 30 eggs, sometimes even more, birthing a generation of Swallowtail fry.

These tiny wonders begin their lives at a mere 3/8 of an inch, embodying the potential for growth and evolution that lies within the realm of this remarkable species.

Shipping and Handling FAQ


  • Shipping Companies

    All purchases will be shipped using UPS next day air for next day shipments to ensure no dead fish on arrival.

  • Live Guarantee

    We guarantee the cichlid ordered will be safe during shipping and will arrive alive and well. Be sure to follow the shipping after care instructions included in your shipment.

  • Processing Time

    All orders will have a processing time to ensure the cichlid fish ordered can safely travel during shipping. Each fish's safety is our #1 priority, The typical processing time is 48 hours.

  • Shipping Days

    Orders are shipping Monday through Thursdays. Orders placed Monday will be shipped the following Thursday, and order placed after Monday will be shipping on the following Monday.

Shipping After Care

Swallowtail Peacock Care & Food

Swallowtail Shipping After Care

The proper acclimation of the fish requires time and patience to prevent any shock after shipment. Place the fish in their plastic bags in the aquarium, Float the bag(s) in the aquarium water for 30 to 60 minutes to acclimate the tank water with the bag water. When complete remove the bag(s) from the tank and pour the fish into a net then safely place the fish into your aquarium.

Swallowtail General Care

The best care for Swallowtail cichlids are maintaining proper nutrition and water quality, having the right tank size, and providing plenty of rocky hiding spots.

Swallowtail Food

Omnivore / Flake or pellet / Blood worms, Snails or Brine Shrimp (Live or Frozen)

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