Caution advised – Aggressive Cichlid
This Melanochromis (meaning “Black Cichlid” in Greek) species is a medium-sized Mbuna having a short, rather rounded snout, and relatively narrow mouth.
M. auratus is definitely not for beginners. The reason for being a difficult or problematic fish is due to the fact that it is far more aggressive than the majority of Mbuna. Adult males are perhaps the most aggressive of any Mbuna available. They are violently intolerant of male conspecifics (i.e., fish of similar appearance). Males can be quite effective at laying claim to almost half of a 50-gallon aquarium, fighting anyone who trespasses, unless to spawn.
Species – Melanochromis Auratus
Current Size – 4cm
Adult Length – 11cm
Temperature Range – 23 - 28°C
pH Range – 7.5 – 8.5
Special Requirements - All African Cichlids are territorial to other males. The more rocks and hiding places they have the better.
Tanks Mates and Compatibility – Aggressive - Should only be housed with other aggressive tankmates.
Feeding – The Auratus Cichlid is an omnivore but has a very herbivorous diet in nature, so may eat any plant you put in the tank. They need to be fed small meals of dry, fresh and frozen foods that are rich in vegetable matter
Please note – Some images used are library photos and will show the colour potential at a fully mature size, as our fish are juveniles they may vary.
We always aim to supply the fish as close to the purchase size as possible. On rare occasions if this is not possible we will contact you.
The fish are selected at random however you are welcome to make a note on the order and the fish manager will do his best for you, requests are dependent on stock at the time of your order.