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Red Zebra Cichlid (Metriaclima estherae)
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Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Water Conditions: 76-82° F, KH 10-15, pH 7.8-8.6
Max. Size: 5"
Color Form: Blue, Red, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore
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Origin: Africa - Lake Malawi, Farm Raised - USA
Family: Cichlidae

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The Red Zebra African Cichlid, Metriaclima estherae, is known by a plethora of other names, often based on color. The Red Zebra, although appearing more of a yellow color, is often a brilliant red in the wild. It does not have notable stripes like other varieties of this genus and species. Metriaclima estherae is a Mbuna Cichlid, and is also called the Zebra Cichlid, Tilapia Zebra, and the False Zebra Mbuna.

A bully by nature, without plenty of room, pyramids, rocks and crevasses to establish territory, Red Zebra will torment other tank mates.

Most members of the mouth brooding variety of African Cichlids are easily bred while in the aquarium if given the proper tank set-up and excellent water conditions. Matriarchal in family structure, the female first lays up to 60 eggs, which she then scoops into her mouth where they are fertilized. The fry remain in the female's mouth for 12 to 18 days before being released. A small group of 5 to 7 females and one male provide the best opportunity for breeding.

Omnivorous, the Red Zebra will enjoy all manner of flaked foods, live foods, algae, lettuce, spinach, and duckweed in its diet.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Large: 4" to 5"


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