Red Zebra Cichlid
Scientific Name: Metriaclima estherae
Origin: Lake Malawi, Africa
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Lifespan: 5-10 years
- Water Conditions: 76-82° F, KH 10-15, pH 7.8-8.6
- Maximum Size: 5"
- Diet: Omnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
The Red Zebra Cichlid, despite its common name, is actually more of a bright yellow or fiery orange in coloration, depending on the individual specimen. Their colors are not a reliable way of sexing them, as males and females can be equally vibrant. They are a Mbuna cichlid.
Within a tank they will appreciate plenty of rockwork to hide in and areas for them to establish territories. If they are not given enough room, they may be more aggressive towards tankmates. They are mouthbrooders and relatively easy to spawn in captivity.
Since they are omnivores, they will accept a wide variety of foods including pellets, flakes, live and frozen foods that are both composed of vegetable matter and meaty.