Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Red Zebra Cichlid Malawian African Cichlids
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Red Zebra Cichlid
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Red Zebra Cichlid (Metriaclima estherae)
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Quick Stats

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
Compatibility View Chart
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"

Customer Testimonials

Kyle M Bellbrook , OH
She is a bright addition to my aquarium! I've found that it helps to decrease the water temperature to around seventy degrees Fahrenheit, as this makes her less active and less aggressive. Even though she is a warm water fish, cooler water is still great for her.
Tina D DE
I had a one of these and he was wondreful with a unique personality but extremely aggressive. He also Loved to dig.
Matt Knox IN
The Red Zebra are such good fish I have 4 females and one male I was not even trying to breed and they bread the female i stripped had 30 fry!!!!!!!!!! so happy growing them out
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