View Full Version : Adding a female auratus

11-25-2003, 05:46 PM
Would it be a good idea to add a male auratus to a tank with an already established female? I spotted a male at a local LFS, not sure how easy that is. Anyway, any advice would be appreciated.

I am not looking for a breeding pair per say, just to add the female.

12-01-2003, 01:23 PM


12-01-2003, 06:34 PM
Thanks for the reply Tom. I had already decided against it using a bit of common sense. Unfortunately, when I was back at the LFS for filter media I saw it belly up.

12-01-2003, 06:51 PM
Sorry to hear that, Matt.

BTW: I don't necessarily pursue fish breeding (though of course the critters do so anyway), but should you decide to, it's well worth the wait to get your fish as a group of juveniles, especially Mbuna, double so the real terrors, such as the auratus. When sexually mature, a single male and 6 or 7 females per species (and possibly per tank, depending on size) will produce...and produce.

01-13-2004, 10:10 PM
I did it with no problems, she has fry in mouth now.

01-14-2004, 12:45 AM
Auratus are one of the meanest africans I have owned.

01-14-2004, 03:27 PM
Why cant you add a male to a female?

01-14-2004, 05:24 PM

When I first replied to Matt's post, I think I went more by thread title (adding a female), rather than vice versa. Adding a male to a female's tank would likely be less hellish, but with mature Auratus, I'd probably not chance that, either. Why? Based on my experience, both males and females of this species are among the two most aggressive cichlid species I've ever kept (the other owuld be M. chipokae).

01-14-2004, 05:41 PM
How are the M. simulans?

01-14-2004, 10:11 PM
I don't know about that species, Matt; hopefully someone who does will let us both know.

01-15-2004, 09:48 AM
Hey! Stop bad mouthing those dang chipoakes Tom!!! :D