Aulonocara Dragon Empress Peacock is a beautiful aquarium hybrid. All Aulonocara are mouthbrooders, females keep fertilized eggs in their mouth for 3 weeks for full development. Heads and tails develop approx. 4-5 days mouthbrooding the eggs. Only males show bright beautiful colors, females are a grey to brown color with some barring. Looking close females may show a hint of color in the face or other parts of the body matching the males’ colors. Aulonocara Dragon Empress Peacocks are easy to keep in clean freshwater 40 gal & up, 78F PH 7.2-8.6 hard water. Although a variety of foods are suitable, excess feeding can cause specimens to reach extra-large sizes. I use small feedings of my CaliforniaCichlids.com Spirulina Flakes & Color Enhancing Pellets for uniform growth and amazing coloration. Average mature adult size is 4″-6″ for males with females 1″-2″ smaller. Male coloration begins approx. 2″-3″ & breeding begins 2.5″-3″ size; spawns can range 12 to 50+ eggs depending on size & type of female.