At the present time, all three scientific names above are in use for species that, like the impressive Aurora Cichlid, form part of the so-called zebra complex, which includes the Zebra Cichlid (Metriadima zebra) and Kennyi Mbuna (Pseudotropheus Iombardoi). Until the matter is resolved, and for some time to come, both the Aurora Cichlid and the other members of the complex will therefore continue to appear under a variety of names in aquarium literature.
- Maylandia aurora, Metriadima aurora
- Lake Malawi: Originally around Likoma Island and a short stretch of the eastern coast (between Mara Point and Tumbi Point). Subsequently introduced around Thumbi West Island and Otter Point.
- Around 4 1/4 in (11cm).
- Territorial and aggressive.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Properly constructed backgrounds that reach almost to the water surface, with plenty of boltholes. Must be well lit and well filtered. Medium-hard, alkaline water important. Temperature range: 75-79T (24-26 3 C). Breeding: Maternal mouthbrooder.