Aulonocara stuartgranti is a mainstay peacock cichlid in the hobby. This rock dwelling species has many location variants. Some of the popular color morphs currently are the Ngara, Cobue, Usisya, and Undu.
The fishes that used to be sold as the Red Shoulder Peacok (Aulonocara hansbaenschi) and the Flavescent Peacock (Aulonocara steveni) should be regarded as synonyms of Aulonocara stuartgranti (Konings, 1995). Although the color patterns on Aulonocara stuartgranti vary quite a bid depending on location, Konings states that there are gradual changes from neighboring location to neighboring location.
This fish is found at many locations in Lake Malawi. It is the most common of all rock dwelling Aulonocara in Lake Malawi.
The fish can generally be broken into a few color groups:
- Red Shoulders (Formerly Aulonocara hansbaenschi)- From Cobue-Thumbi West on the Southeast side of the lake.
- Flame Tails- Ngara, Mdoka, on the Northwest side of the lake.
- Blue Neons- Northeast side of the lake.
- Flavescent Peacocks (Formerly Aulonocara steveni)- Northwest part of the lake.