Information You Should Know To Bring Psuedotropheus Aurora

Psuedotropheus aurora (22138 bytes)

Psuedotropheus aurora male pictured.

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  • Location collected from: Transplanted to Thumbi West Island and surrounding areas by the first exporter of Malawi Cichlids to establish an easier population to collect for export. Naturally occurring at Mara Point, Mbweca and Tumbi Point. Each location has a slightly different coloration.
  • Approximate Size: 4 inches
  • Food: Will eat anything that they think is food. This includes flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, mosquito larvae, and pellet foods.
  • Water Conditions: Likes a pH between 7.6 and 8.2 with a temperature between 76 and 82 degrees.
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder. Males get very aggressive while defending their territory and especially at spawning time. I have only been able to keep 1 male per tank successfully. Multiple females are recommended for each male(I have 4 females to 1 male) to reduce aggression towards the females. They like to have rocks to hide in. Brood sizes can range between 25 and 30 fry for an adult female.
  • Tankmates: Should do well with other Mbuna and Utaka. I have had mine in with Nimbochromis fuscotaeniatus, Labidochromis caeruleus, Labidochromis sp. Perlmutt, Copadichromis borleyi, Psuedotropheus OB cobalt, Psuedotropheus zebra “Chilumba”, Haplochromis nubila, and Pundamilia nyererei.

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