Melanochromis auratus is a mbuna cichlid from Lake Malawi in eastern Africa. Our strain is from a commercial source. We acquired the strain in 2003. Males often reach 12.5cm (5 in.). Females are somewhat smaller. Males are black with two horizontal blue stripes, the mid-lateral one, bright blue and the dorsal one light blue. The dorsal and the distal end of the caudal are yellow. Females are yellow with two horizontal black stripes. Females have a black dorsal fin stripe. The fins are partially to fully yellow. Juveniles of both sexes have the adult female coloration. This fish hails from Lake Malawi in eastern Africa.