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Wild caught Melanochromis auratus male
Wild caught Melanochromis auratus male
Wild caught Melanochromis auratus male

Wild caught Melanochromis auratus male

Melanochromis auratus is yet another fish I have contemplated for a long time.

Written on 27-08-2018 21:18 by cab

Ever since I started out with cichlids from Lake Malawi, the M. auratus has been one of the mbunas I considered getting. It had a rumor as a real bully with a lot of females on it's conscience and until February 2005 that kept me from taking the leap.

Now I have taken it, and I have bought a wild caught pair from Cichlidecentret. The male is one of the most striking auratus males I have seen and the females is also very pretty. This is one of the characteristics the auratus has, namely that both the male and female is very colorful and with exceptional contrast.

They haven't made any signs of breeding and the male is neither particular aggressive nor very dominant. I hope they will spawn soon, so I have the possibility to broaden my experiences with them.


Faktatabel
Category

Fisk

Type

Cichlid, Lake Malawi mbuna

Length

10-11 cm

Comment

The male will normally take care of the fry for about a week after the first release.

Genus

Cichlidae

Trade name

-

Origin

Lake Malawi, Africa

Tank size

>128 liter

Breeding

Mouthbreeder

Brood size

25-30


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