Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: Golden Mbuna; Malawi Golden Cichlid
Scientific name: Melanochromis auratus
The Auratus Cichlid is a Mbuna cichlid which is native to the southwestern shore of lake Malawi. Auratus Cichlids graze on algae which grows on rocks in the shallow water.
Juvenile and female Auratus Cichlids are bright yellow with black and white stripes. Adult males have a dark brown or black body and light blue or yellow stripes.
Though small, the Auratus Cichlid is a famously aggressive cichlid and is not compatible in a community tank.
Like many Cichlids, a pair of Auratus Cichlids require a large tank (about 100 gallons) to achieve ideal habitat conditions. To mimic their natural environment, the tank must have a sand bottom and be equipped with rocks and caves to mark territories and provide security and refuge.
Beautiful Species, female colors, advanced homeaquarium, black striped coloration
beginners, aggressive cichlids, fairly large tank, dominant male, incisors
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