Cherry Red Zebra - Metriclima Estherae
Cherry Red Zebra - Metriclima Estherae – Unsexed, Tank raised
Average Adult Fish Size: 5”
Place of Origin: Lake Malawi
Temperament: Somewhat Aggressive, Conspecific Aggressive, Very Active
Feeding: High quality cichlid flakes or pellets specifically for malawi cichlids.
The Cherry Red Zebra is one of the variants of the Zebra complex. These are a bright red/orange in color with a black eye. Will add a very nice pop of color to any tank.
Well taken care of specimens become brilliantly colored and make quite the display. These wonderful fish require a good sized tank with, or without other inhabitants. Like all other Mbunas, they have the typical behavior of being aggressive, territorial (especially these ones), and active. Rock work also plays a good role in maintaining them so they can thrive. Excellent rockwork structures are even known to lower their aggression levels, so that they can co-exist with other companions. Gravel should be medium to fine, because of their digging habits. These fish are great excavators, and rock work structures should be carefully placed so that when they dig, there won't be a danger of a collapse and death of fish.
Their maximum length is around 5" and they should be housed with other aggressive Mbuna species from Lake Malawi.
These species are very easy to breed. They are the typical mouthbrooders. The male (with eggspots on anal fin) is placed with two females (with no eggspots or very very faintly) with his territory chosen and dug out. The female places eggs and the male will fertilize them. But the male will not take care of the eggs, so it is advisable to remove the female into a rearing tank.