Metriaclima fainzilberi Hongi Island

Metriaclima fainzilberi

Metriaclima fainzilberi from Hongi Island. Photo by Ad Konings

Metriaclima fainzilberi from Hongi Island in Lake Malawi is one of the many location variants of this species. The color pattern shown above is typical for this species. Other variants, like the M. fainzilberi OB “Charo”, have been know to produce orange-blotch males. Females of the species tend to remain a solid brownish color.

Metriaclima fainzilberi is a territorial herbivore. In the aquarium, males can be very aggressive. Even females of the species can be treated roughly, and it is recommended that many hiding places are provided. A single male with multiple females is best. Other Metriaclima or similarly shaped/colored females should not be housed together. To discuss this species visit the Lake Malawi Species forum.

 

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