Golden Mbuna Cichlid
The golden mbuna cichlid, or auratus cichlid, is a classic African mbuna family cichlid from Lake Malawi. These cichlids were among the first introduced to the aquarium trade and are easy to breed in an aquarium. The cichlid gets along with most other Africans and has a unique gold, brown, and yellow color pattern.
Juveniles, subdominant males, and most females will be golden with black horizontal stripes. A dominant male will be the negative image, with purplish black background and bluish white stripes. The change in color can be accomplished in no more than a couple of days.
Tank Setup: Needs a large tank with plenty of rockpiles or other hiding places
Feeding: An algae and aufwuchs grazer
Breeding: Breeds rapidly. It is a polygamous maternal mouthbrooder, like all mbuna