Red Zebra Cichlid Profile
Red Zebra Cichlid
Common name: Red Zebra cichlid
Scientific name: Maylandia estherae
Type of fish: Cichlid (mbuna)
Origin: Lake Malawi
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Max size: 5 inches
Growth Rate: Medium
Minimum tank size: 30 gallons for one, 55 gallons for a group
Tankmates: Mbuna, medium-sized American cichlids, Synodontis catfish
Sexing: Males have egg spots on the anal fin which look like small orange spots.
Notes: Overfeeding with high-protein foods can lead to bloating. Like other mbuna, Red Zebra cichlids are best kept in large groups with other mbuna. The habitat for these fish should have lots of rocks as mbuna are rock-dwellers.