Auratus Cichlid - Melanochromis Auratus 5cm

The Auratus Cichlid, scientifically known as Melanochromis Auratus, is a beautiful and vibrant freshwater fish that is native to Lake Malawi in Africa. Known for their striking yellow and black coloration, Auratus Cichlids are a popular choice for aquarium enthusiasts looking to add some color and vibrancy to their tanks.

Water Parameters: Auratus Cichlids require specific water parameters to thrive in an aquarium environment. The recommended water temperature for these fish is between 24-28°C with a pH range of 7.5-8.5 and a water hardness level between 10-18 dGH.

Feeding: In the wild, Auratus Cichlids are omnivores, feeding on small insects, crustaceans, and algae. In an aquarium environment, they can be fed a variety of commercial fish food, including pellets, flakes, and frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp or bloodworms. It's important to avoid overfeeding these fish, as they can quickly become overweight and develop health problems.

Tank Mates: When it comes to choosing tank mates for Auratus Cichlids, it's important to consider their temperament and size. They can be aggressive towards other fish, especially during breeding season. Good tank mates for Auratus Cichlids include other Lake Malawi cichlids of a similar size and temperament, such as Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei" or Labidochromis caeruleus. Avoid keeping them with small, peaceful fish, as they may become targets for aggression.

At full maturity, Auratus Cichlids can reach a length of up to 10 cm (4 inches) and require a minimum tank size of 75 liters (20 gallons). These fish are hardy and easy to care for, making them a great choice for both beginner and experienced aquarists. With the right water parameters, feeding, and tank mates, Auratus Cichlids can thrive and add a beautiful splash of color to any aquarium.

  • 1 x Auratus 3.5cm

DOA Policy for Live Fish shipping

At Aquaholics, we place utmost importance on the careful shipping of live fish to ensure their safe arrival. Our commitment to quality includes taking various measures during transit. Each fish bag is infused with medical-grade oxygen and an ammonia-neutralizing solution. In colder periods, we also utilize heat packs to maintain optimal temperatures. However, we understand that unforeseen circumstances can sometimes lead to unfortunate outcomes. To provide you with peace of mind, we have implemented a Dead-on Arrival (DOA) policy that ensures you are covered in such situations.


  1. Owner's Presence: It is essential for the owner or an authorised representative to be available at the provided shipping address to receive the fish. If no one is available, the courier will leave your parcel in a safe space as all fish orders are shipped ATL.
  2. Shipping Address: Please provide a valid street address for shipping. Ensure the address is accurate and complete to avoid any delivery issues.
  3. Reporting DOA: If you receive a fish that is dead on arrival, please notify us promptly. Within 2 hours of receiving the fish, send an email to our customer support team. Include the following details in your email:
    • Name: Your full name
    • Order Number: The unique order number associated with your purchase
    • DOA Fish Picture: Attach a clear picture of the deceased fish

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Timely Notification: Please make your DOA claim within 2 hours of receiving the fish. Claims submitted after this timeframe will not be eligible for compensation.
  2. Proper Documentation: Ensure that your email includes accurate and complete information, including your name, order number, email, and a clear picture of the deceased fish. Incomplete or inaccurate information may delay the processing of your claim.
  3. Verification: Our customer support team will review the provided information to verify the DOA claim. Once the claim is validated, we will proceed with the appropriate compensation.
  4. Compensation Options: In the event of a DOA, we offer two compensation options: a) Store Credit: You will receive a store credit equal to the value of the deceased fish, which can be used for future purchases. b) Refund: We can issue a refund for the value of the deceased fish, processed through the original payment method used for the purchase.
  5. Shipping Costs: Please note that shipping costs are non-refundable unless the entire order is considered a DOA.
  6. Conditions Apply: Our DOA policy covers only fish that are dead upon arrival. It does not apply to fish that perish after successful delivery and acclimation to their new environment.

We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our customers and ensuring the well-being of our live fish. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our DOA policy, don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer support team at [email protected] , and we will be glad to assist you.



Note: The terms and conditions outlined in this DOA policy are subject to change without prior notice. We recommend reviewing the most up-to-date policy on our website or contacting our customer support team for any updates.

Thank you again for allowing us on your aqaurium journey.


Jesse Elstak


  • Species - Melanochromis Auratus
  • Common Name - Auratus
  • Mature Adult Size - 5"
  • Origin - Lake Malawi
  • PH Range - 7.2 -8.2
  • Temperature Range 24°c - 28°c
  • Water Type - Hard Alkaline
  • Breed Type - Mouth brooder
  • Size - 3.5cm
  • Sex - Un-sexed
Barcode # 642889760745
Brand Live Fish
Shipping Weight 0.1000kg
Shipping Width 0.100m
Shipping Height 0.100m
Shipping Length 0.100m


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