Red Top Zebra - Maylandia Emmiltos
Red Top Zebra - Maylandia Emmiltos – Unsexed, Farm 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 Red Top Zebra, or the "Maylandia" zebra is one of the variants of the Zebra complex. Some are more blue than others and some have more "red" than the usual yellow. They are quite beautiful and are called Red Top because of the noticeably orangish, yellowish pigmented area, at the upper edge of the dorsal and caudal fins. Most specimens are from a bluish white, to iridescent white. Another feature is also the vertical black lines that characterize the "zebra" complex. The white is quite strong as well as the orange.
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 fine fish are very strong and have enlarged lips for scraping off algae in smooth rocks.
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.