Auratus Cichlid

Scientific Name

Melanochromis Auratus


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  • 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

Aquarium Size:

  • 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.

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.


  • 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
Fish Size

1", 1.25", 1.5", 2"


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