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 Profiles Malawi Mbuna Metriaclima fainzilberi
Metriaclima fainzilberi
Scientific Name: Metriaclima fainzilberi
Pronunciation: m-tr--kl-m fn-zl-br-
Geo. Origin: NE between Ikombe en Lumbaulo and NW between Selewa en Kakusa
Habitat: Sediment-Rich Rocky Habitat
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Highly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 6"
Temperature: 78-82°F
pH: 7.8-8.6
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2
Males are mainly blue with yellow throats. Females grey/brown. They like alagae and the aufwuchs found within the biocover. When not enough algae are found, they will eat the plants you try to keep. Several of the populations of M. fainzilberi have OB forms occuring along with a normal color pattern. Locations with documented OB forms include: Lupingu, Makonde, Lutara Reef, Njambe, Lundo Is., Thumbi Pt., Magunga, Tanzania; Lumbaulo, Mozambique; and Charo, Malawi. In general, OB males are quite rare. The OB males can vary dramatically, but all have a basic BLUE sheen and most usually have some remnants of their vertical bars, even if faint or broken-up. Juveniles have the normal female coloration until sexually mature. OB males and females do not aquire the black botches until at least 3 months old.
 Profiles Malawi Mbuna Metriaclima fainzilberi
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
 Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not
  mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
 Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized
  feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
 Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that
  are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors,
  including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction.
  There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
 Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank-
  mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as
  aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among
  individual specimens.
 Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens.
  Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals
  due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional
  individuals that will exceed it.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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