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Auratus Cichlid


Available only at select locations

not available for online purchase. please check availability at other stores.
Available in-store only at
Rancho Cucamonga
10940 Foothill Blvd
Call 909-481-8700 to check availability
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product highlights

  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Spirulina
  • Maximum size: 5"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Experience level: Advanced
  • Tank Setup: 29+ gallons, plus rock and/or driftwood
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African cichlids are very popular with fish hobbyists because there are so many different types to choose from. There are many species of African cichlids, including the rock-dwelling cichlids from Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika. These active and intriguing freshwater fish come in a range of eye-catching colors and sizes, allowing you to create a diverse, fascinating show tank.

They are generally peaceful with fish of the same size and temperament, but may eat any fish small enough to fit into their mouths. They may also be territorial and aggressive to others of their species. Cichlids are middle-swimmers, so be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

Learn about the Auratus African Cichlid

Common Name

Other Common Names
Golden Cichlid

Scientific Name
Melanochromis auratus


Feeding Habits
Fresh spinach, peas, romaine lettuce and zucchini. Live blood worms, fish, brine shrimp, glass worms and tubifex worms. Frozen vegetable diet, daphnia, plankton, beef heart, hi-pro diet, blood worms, glass worms and brine shrimp. Freeze dried and pelleted foods also accepted.

African community only. Will mix well with other Africans and certain species of catfish such as Synodontis Catfish.

Lake Malawi Africa: Lots of rocks, driftwood and clay pots for creating territories. Live plants are a nice addition but may be eaten. The best choices for live plants are Java Fern and Java Moss.

Additional Comments
Vegetation is very important in their diet for proper growth and coloration.

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Auratus Cichlid
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