Auratus Cichlid

Scientific Name

Melanochromis Auratus

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Classification: 

  • Class: Actinopterygii
  • Order: Perciformes
  • Family: Cichlidae

Distribution:

  • Native to Africa, the Monkey Bay on the west coast of Lake Malawi

Habitat:

  • Primarily found in the rocky regions

Max. Standard Length:

  • 4.5 inches

Aquarium Size:

  • 50-120 gallons

Maintenance: 

  • They rock-dwelling fish species. So, the tank they inhabit must have lots of rocks to mimic their natural habitat.
  • You can try decorating the tank with plants. But, we must warn you that it would not work. Auratus cichlid love to uproot plants.

Water Condition:

  • Can thrive in any water, brackish or freshwater
  • Temperature: 73 – 82℉
  • pH range: 7.7 – 8.6
  • Keep the water hardness between 6-10 dGH.
  • Follow a 10% daily water change routine or 25% of the water weekly to maintain good water quality.

Diet:

  • Flakes of food, Pellet, Leafy greens, Meat, Diatoms, Shrimps, Fishes, Worms, etc

Behavior/Compatibility:

  • Its aggressive nature makes it a poor candidate for community tanks. To lessen aggression, add plenty of rocks and use them to break up territories. Do not keep the Auratus Cichlids with peaceful species.
  • It is compatible with other Mbuna Cichlids such as the Cobalt Blue, Electric Yellow Lab, Johanni, Lemon Yellow, Pindani, Red Zebra, Tropheops, and Kenyi. It will also get along with synodontis catfish.

Reproduction:

  • Easy breeders, as long as the right conditions are met
  •  Average female can lay anywhere from 10 eggs to 40 eggs
Fish Size

1", 1.25", 1.5", 2"

Quantity

40pcs, 18pcs, 8pcs, 130pcs, 60pcs, 25pcs, 100pcs, 45pcs, 20pcs, 12pcs

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