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Auratus
Male

Auratus
female

 

Family: CICHLIDAE
Species: Melanochromis auratus
Common Name: Auratus
Size: 5 in (13 cm)
Habitat: AFRICA: Endemic to Lake Malawi. Occurs in the southern part of the lake.
Min Tank Size: 30 gallon larger is better.
Diet: Mostly herbivorous, will accept most prepared foods. include some plant material.
Behavior: Very aggressive.
Water: Temperature 72 to 80°F (22-27°C), pH range: 7.0 8.5; dH range: 10 - 15
Care: Easy
Communities: large Africans only.
Suitability: Not for beginners.

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