Animal Stories - Auratus


Animal-World Information about: Auratus

The Auratus Cichlid is an extremely striking eye-catcher, but this Golden Mbuna can be rather intolerant with tankmates!
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Anonymous - 2014-11-07
2 of my cichlids died while I was in vacation. only survived. how did they die? we left someone to take care of them and they still died.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-11-07
    Usually people can observe their fish, so when they get sick, they can diagnosis the problem. I suggest you ask your care taker what they saw, as they would be the only available resource for you to follow up with.
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timmah - 2013-07-04
Man, I've been feeding my auratus a whole ton of beefheart. We were like 'hey, what are we going to do with all this beef heart?' And I was like 'yo, let's see if the fish'll eat it'. Bam.. he chowed that thing down. Mmmm mmmmm mmmmm. Loves it.

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Brandon - 2010-05-31
I have currently 2 male auratus along with 2 kenyis one male and one female and a male demasoni. These fish just love to fight and just don't give up. The dominant male auratus is dark black with a blue sheen and a very light blue and yellow stripe through the middle. It is only 3 inches long but terrorizes the whole tank, even though the male kenyi is a little over 4 inches he can't stand up to my auratus. The other male auratus is a little under 3 inches and gets beat up by the other auratus and male kenyi. His colors look like a very ugly dirty female would. I put a 4 inch crayfish in my tank and after about 3 mins the auratus just tore into it and bit all of the legs off, the top halves of the claws, and the eyes. The picture that this website shows does not do this fish justice, both the male and female colors are very attractive but beware of the aggression.

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Saeed - 2013-04-13
Hi I bought two melanochromis auratus, one looked like a female and the other a male. Then I bought two females. Now they have all the colors usually attributed to males. What is really going on? I don't know if they are male or female? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Sounds like you bought juveniles, and they are changing colors. When mature (they get to over 4' in length) you'll probably be able to easily distinguish the sexes.
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shawna - 2013-03-11
Hello, I believe I have an AURATUS cichlid . It started off looking like the one in the picture but changes often to mostly darkish to where u can hardly see the stripes. It has one yellow egg spot, but iam unsure what the sex is any help?  I also had 2 orange cichlids not sure what kind in the same tank. This morning my kids found one of the orange ones dead in the tank and a new baby (fry)!! I am unsure which fish was the mother and father and what the sex of the two left are? The baby was unexpected and I want to know which fish to be watching for more in future if needed but not even sure what i have left. thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-11
    My guess, from what you've described, is that your Auratus is very likely a male. Males are the ones that get very dark when in a breeding mode, and they are very territorial. They will pften kill other male Mbunas. Hard to say which species the other is, but I'm guessing it's also a Mbuna. So make sure you have lots of hiding places for it, as the Auratus can be a brute. If the fry survives (lots of hiding places help!), within a couple of months you should be able to tell which fish were the parents. Wishing you great success!
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allz - 2011-06-07
My auratus female devoured two other african cichlids I bought, which were slightly smaller. Needless to say it was a very bad idea to put them in the same 5 gallon tank.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-08
    Learning is sometimes a painful experience but we all go through it. I am sorry.
  • chrissy - 2011-11-16
    I have 2 gold/black stripes about 4 inches long and they fight each other I don't know if I have 2 males or 2 females, but one of them is getting quite fat and is also in a 55 gallon tank and I have 2 jack dympseys also and a lg. alge eater. I really need to know if I can breed the two auratus?
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quicky2g - 2011-01-19
I have a 3 inch female auratus in a 75 gallon with other african mbuna's. The first day I got the fish with 7-8 others it established itself as a fish that shouldn't be messed with. After that it hasn't been aggressive towards any other fish and nothing bothers it at all. Mine is very hardy and will eat any kind of food I give it. I'm not a fan of the male auratus darker colors and I hear they can get very aggressive when they're older. Mine is the only female in an all male mbuna tank of fish the same size or slightly larger and it does just fine.

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dk - 2009-09-12
I own an aurutus and they aren't all that bad. I got 3 johannis, 1 green terror, and some sharks in the same tank.

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