|Located in the southern third of the lake. Found in the rocky habitat. Diet in the wild consists mostly of algae and invertebrates. M. auratus is an opportunistic feeder and will eat anything it can fit into its mouth.
The aquarium should have plenty of rockwork to provide shelter, territorial markers and spawning sites. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food. Supplement with spirulina flake and frozen foods such as krill, brine or mysis.
M. auratus is considered a highly aggressive species and as such should be kept with other species from the mbuna group that share a similar temperament.