Melanochromis Auratus - regular 1.5 -2.25 inches

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Auratus was one of the first cichlids to be exported from Lake Malawi. The males will only defend a territory when females are present, but will leave it as soon as no females appear interested. The males are extremely aggressive towards other males. Basic coloration is bright yellow with black horizontal bars. Males have a dark brown belly. It is often seen in the Standard and Prestige mixes featured on the specials section of this web site. This omnivore does well with the Bluegrass Aquatics All Purpose Fish Food Formula to provide the spriulina and plant material so vital for mbuna health. They also appreciate the addition of a quality aquarium or Cichlid Salt at the rate of 1 teaspoon per gallon of water. This fish is often included in the prestige mix. It is important to include spirulina ( Hippocampus Green) in this sensitive herbivores diet. Size 1.25-2.25 inches