Maylandia estherae

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 14 cm - 5.5"
Min. length aquarium : 140 cm - 55 "
English name : Red Zebra
A rather dominant and aggressive fish.  In the aquarium you should keep one male together with several females.  The aquarium should be set up with stones and rocks that form caves and crevices. Some hard plants can be used for decoration as well.  You should use a lot of light to benefit the growth of algae on the rocks.

They are omnivorous but they prefer algae.

Breeding is rather easy.  The eggs are laid on a stone.  Immediately after that they are taken in the mouth by the female.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  After 8 days the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother and have to take care of them selves.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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