Search Everywhere Threads This forum This thread. Wild status Melanochromis auratus is widespread throughout the southern end of Lake Malawi and under no immediate threat. Brooding female Mbuna don't eat while brooding, so don't offer any food to fish in the brooding tank.
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Somewhere in-between the two is the magic number where the fish will live peacefully together without being stressed. Log in. No Mbuna should be mixed with other fish, they are generally far to aggressive and they have very particular needs which other fish don't have.
When spawning the male changes his color, it becomes an intense exaggeration of his original coloring that almost looks like a double exposed picture. They do fine in either freshwater or brackish freshwater but need good water movement along with very strong and efficient filtration.
The rest of the fins are golden as well. They enjoy plants, but will destroy them. Report Broken Video A small group of swimming Auratus. They are not found on the eastern shore.
Then one retreated back to yellow and the other went full out dark. Jun 6, 0 0 Rhode Island. Healthy Mbuna don't need any encouragement to breed, they will all spawn quite freely in a Mbuna community tank. This unique adaptation, present in East African haplochromine cichlids, is thought to represent male quality and may assist cichlids to attract a female, according to Oklahoma State University.