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Melanochromis auratus



Picture of Melanochromis auratus, juvenile
Juvenile/female colouration

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans

Common name:Malawi golden cichlid
Scientific name:Melanochromis auratus
Synonyms:(none)
Size:4" (10cm)
Origin:Lake Malawi, East Africa
Tank setup:A large tank with many rock caves.
Compatibility:Can be very aggressive, combine with other larger mbuna species. It is not advisable to keep more than one male (or similar males of other Melanochromis). At least three females should be kept, to prevent constant harassment of a single female.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Hard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12 ideally, but at least 6.
Feeding:Feeds on algae and the organisms within it. Will accept most aquarium foods, include a vegetable component in the diet.
Sexing:Colouration in juveniles is identical, but older males show much darker colour.
Breeding:Mouthbrooder, see general article linked below.
Comments:

See also the Malawi mbuna section for more detailed info on keeping and breeding the Malawi mbuna cichlids.

 

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