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I’m new to all this and have rescued a cichlid from been left to just die, he I think as if I show him a photo of a female that I think is the same species goes so bright a shimmy’s with his tail shaking and following the photo on my phone.
I don’t know what he is and was hoping someone could help me to identify him .
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Looks to me like Melanochromis auratus, but I am not the best at ID. VERY aggressive Lake Malawi mbuna cichlid. I would probably rehome or keep him in a tank by himself.
 

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Looks to me like Melanochromis auratus, but I am not the best at ID. VERY aggressive Lake Malawi mbuna cichlid. I would probably rehome or keep him in a tank by himself.
Thankyou, I thought that’s what he might be, he is actually so lovely and really funny, will definitely keep him on his own as I wouldn’t know what to keep him with, I was told a catfish or another aggressive malawi but not of similar colour, maybe a butterfly but I’m not sure he would accept it as he has lived alone for the best part of 3 years. Do you think
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Auratus can be kept in large groups of females with a single male in very large tanks. Some say 72" is best. I would not add a single tank mate. It sounds like a male since it turned bright colors when shown a pic of another auratus, but the only way to be sure is to vent the fish. Does it matter?
 

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I guess I’ll never know what he is exactly but he is so lovely I’m keeping him anyway, just a shame he has to live alone.
Thankyou for your help
That’s what I thought, so he is 3 and half years old now so hopefully he will have the next 3 years or more in a happy tank with a lot of people watching .
 
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