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Auratus Cichlid


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Mountain View
2440 E Charleston Rd
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  • 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 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fish I bought two of these to put with the rest of my African Cichlids in my 75 gallon tank and does well with rest of the fish. I was a little worried at first since they don't grow very big, however it stands its ground. I haven't seen the aggression from this fish that some have reported, but they are still juveniles. They love their rock caves and often dig little pits next to them. Overall a good fish if you provide them with space (75 gallon or larger), rocks/caves and keep them with fish that are similar in temperament.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Well its the coolest fish I've ever gotten but its very mean to my other fish and then it digs in the gravel and moves them so it it makes holes under the decor
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Vibrant I love my male auratus. His color is amazing! Very bright. He is in a 60 gallon with 10 other cichlids and a Pleco. I've had him for about 3 months now and am very satisfied. Mine is not too aggressive, but can and will hold his own. I would recommend at least a 50 gallon. Bigger the better! This is a great fish and LOVES to eat!!
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool and exciting fish. Very hyper fish that like to hide. Aggressive though.
Date published: 2015-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but females mouth brood. I have one of these african cichlids and she's doing great. She is currently mouth brooding some babies that are ready to come out but hasn't spit them yet. I put her in a breeder box cause the male is pestering her. Over all great fish and I'm about to have more! The problem is with mouth brooders is more of the fry survive but I don't have room for anymore. I wish petsmart would let me take some of the fry back.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quirky but cute I bought three, 2 females and 1 male. I ended up having to move one of the females because she was so aggressive toward both the male and other female. I particularly like this species, because the male's color is so vivid, and brilliant. Plus, they don't get large like some African cichlids, so you can create a nice aquarium built around these little guys. The downside is they're aggressiveness when they start breeding. Sometimes the male can get downright annoying with his nipping at the female (but then again, what guy doesn't? Just kidding.) I've found that I've had to separate the male from the female after they mate, just to give the female some breathing room. I also don't allow the male to go back into the tank until well after the female has had time to get her strength back, and she's had time to eat (usually a few days). They are an interesting and enjoyable species to have, and they're smart. If you enjoy cichlids, then it's a fish that will brighten your aquarium.
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent fish, root diggers though I got a female one for her excellent color to this day I still have. She is a root digger though and will upturn the gravel. I also find floating plants periodicly. I call her Diddly because she is the smallest of my cichlids truly excellent fish.
Date published: 2012-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I love these fish they are very interesting and have amazing colors. Love when they poke their heads out of holes in my decor. When turning on the moonlight the fish Dance! They swim in prefect circles! They are great fish and are very color full. Never not even once have they faded their color. Recommend these fish to beginner Cichlid caretakers.
Date published: 2013-02-10
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