- Class: Actinopterygii
- Order: Perciformes
- Family: Cichlidae
- Native to Africa, the Monkey Bay on the west coast of Lake Malawi
- Primarily found in the rocky regions
Max. Standard Length:
- 4.5 inches
- 50-120 gallons
- 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.
- 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.
- Flakes of food, Pellet, Leafy greens, Meat, Diatoms, Shrimps, Fishes, Worms, etc
- 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.
- Easy breeders, as long as the right conditions are met
- Average female can lay anywhere from 10 eggs to 40 eggs