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Metriaclima Estherae

Picture of Maylandia / Metriaclima estherae Picture of Maylandia / Metriaclima estherae, male
Common nameMinos Reef, Estherae
Scientific name Metriaclima estherae
SynonymsMaylandia estherae, also previously known as Pseudotropheus estherae (old genus name).
Size4-5" (10-12.5cm)
OriginLake Malawi, East Africa
Tank setupA large tank with many rock caves
CompatibilityCombine with other mbuna species
Temperature23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistryHard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12
FeedingAn omnivore which normally feeds on aufwuchs and plankton. Include a vegetable component in the diet.
SexingWild males are blue, while the female is normally orange (see photos). However, captive bred fish are now available where both sexes are an identical orange colour. The males are then best distinguished by having larger and/or more numerous egg spots.
BreedingMouthbrooder, males will defend a spawning site around a cave.
Comments The females of this species can be bright orange to a less intense yellow-orange colour. The females from around Minos Reef have the more intense colour. An orange blotch female also occurs. The males can be easily confused with the Cobalt Blue Zebra, M. callainos.

Due to a technicality with scientific naming conventions, there is still some debate as to whether Maylandia or Metriaclima is the valid name for this genus, though most sources seem to indicate Maylandia will become the accepted name.


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