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Location : NSW australia
Registration date : 2009-01-25

PostSubject: Metriaclima estherae (Red)   Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:29 am

Scientific Name: Metriaclima estherae (Red)

Pronunciation: m-tr--kl-m s-tr-

Common Name(s): Red Zebra

Geo. Origin: Mo

Habitat: Rocky Habitat

Diet: Omnivore

Gender Differences: Dimorphic

Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder

Temperament: Mildly Aggressive

Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive

Maximum Size: 5"

Temperature: 78 - 82°F

pH: 7.8 - 8.6

Water Hardness: Hard

Difficulty: 2
One of the most popular Mbuna since its discovery in Lake Malawi. M. estherae is a very lively fish with great colors. Males typically are bright powder blue, females a rich orange. Although they have not been confirmed in the wild, orange males are common in the aquarium. Orange males do not share the rich orange color of the females and instead are light orange with a faint blue cast. Females can be not only orange (or commonly nicknamed "red") but also be OB (Orange Blotched).

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