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Auratus Cichlid (Melanochromis auratus), also known as Golden Mbuna,is an African Cichlid that originates from Lake Malawi. This aquarium fish is known for is aggressive characteristics. Auratus Cichlids are one of the most aggressive member of the Mbuna. In fact, they can terrorize fish that are double their size. Shop Live Fish Online with Coburg Aquarium, we stock ranges of Tropical Fish and Aquarium Supplies.

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Features of Auratus Cichlid:

  • Due to their aggressive characteristic,suit for experienced aquarium hobbyists.
  • Do not keep it with other Melanochromis species as they may hybridise
  • Male fish can revert to the golden colouration when stressed, and older females often darken with age
  • Auratus cichlid has an average lifespan of 5 years


Auratus Cichlid: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Auratus :

Auratus Cichlid require a minimum tank size of 190L. In a 190L tank, it is possible to stock 1 male and 4-5 females. If there are more than 1 male in the same tank, 470L tank or larger is recommended.

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Auratus Tank Mate Compatibility:

Since Auratus Cichlid are aggressive, it can be difficult to find compatible tank mates. Therefore, it is best to keep Auratus Cichlid in a species only tank. Since the dominant male will aggressively attack other males in the tank, it is best to keep only 1 male in the tank. Multiple females can be added along with the dominant male.

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Auratus Cichild Food :

Auratus Cichlid are omnivorous fish that eats a lot of plant-based food. Some food that can be fed to them include Spirulina-based flakes, frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, and ghost shrimp. At least 2 feedings per day is recommended.

Cichlid Fish Food can be :


Auratus Cichlid Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Successful keeping normally includes mechanical and biological filtration as well as regular water changes. Mild water movement will be appreciated. Here are some great ones to consider:

Plants in Cichild Fish Tank

A lot of rocks will be needed to keep this rock-dwelling species comfortable. Use them to create hiding places and escape paths for the fish. The fish will uproot and snack on any plants that you add, and they will even uproot plants from clay pots.

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Aquarium Decorations

Rocks, driftwoods, coves, pipes, and pots are all good for them to shelter in. Other Ideal Ornaments for your tank could be:

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As the species originates from a warm climate, you should make sure your tank is equipped with an aquarium heater if necessary.

Aquarium Substrate

Sandy or fine gravel bottom are very ideal for Auratus Cichlid. A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

Fish Keeping Snapshot :

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

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