It is speculated that the Orange Blotched Peacock Cichlid originated from a cross between an Aulonocara nyassae and a species of female mbuna also known as the Orange Blossom Peacock Cichlid. This cross was initiated in captivity, and the beautiful hybrid OB Peacock was the result. Their body shape is very similar to that of the Aulonocara nyassae, but the cross between species developed a beautiful blue and orange mottled coloration. The colorations are highly variable in this hybrid and will range from orange to yellow with different shades of blue. The patterns will also vary from being mottled to striped in nature.
Because they have mbuna blood in them, they are often the more aggressive fish in the aquarium. They are still one of the most purchased fish in the hobby despite their controversial issues, just because of their unique coloration. Every OB even if spawned from same male and female will have a different pattern/coloration to them, which makes them very unique. Below are some basic facts about the OB Peacocks.