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Auratus Cichlid

Rs. 110.00
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What you are ordering are Young specimens and will either be Blue or Yellow.

Auratus Cichlid (Melanochromis auratus) is an African Cichlid type that originates from Lake Malawi. This aquarium fish is known for is aggressive characteristics. While mbuna are generally known for being aggressive, Auratus Cichlids are one of the most aggressive member of this group. In fact, they can terrorize fish that are double their size. In their native habitat in Lake Malawi, they can normally be seen in groups of 8-10. 

A tank setup for Auratus Cichlid should consist of plenty of rockscape, which would mimic their natural habitat in Lake Malawi. Stack up the rocks to create gaps, paths, and caves. These rock structures will allow the less dominant fish to escape or hide from the aggressive fish. Keep in mind that Auratus Cichlids are mbuna, which translates to “rockfish” in the Malawi Tonga language.

This species is easily distinguished between male and female, due to the differences in their colour. Males will have a dark black belly, and will retain their yellow colouration as they mature. Females on the other hand, will not. 

Common Name(s) Auratus Cichlid, Malawi Golden Cichlid
Scientific Name Melanochromis auratus
Origin Lake Malawi
Temperature 75-82°F (24-27°C)
Size 4.3 inches (11 cm)
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons (190 liters)
Food & Diet Omnivorous diet (Live bloodworms, brine shrimp, ghost shrimp, Spirulina-based flakes, etc.)
Lifespan 5 years
Water pH 7.5-8.5
Auratus Cichlid
Auratus Cichlid

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