Metriaclima fainzilberi

Metriaclima fainzilberi OB "Charo". Photo by Ad Konings​

Metriaclima fainzilberi is a Lake Malawi mbuna collected from various locations. Pictured above is an orange-blotched male from Charo on the western side of the lake. While most M. fainzilberi males are blue with black stripes, OB coloration does rarely happen.

Metriaclima fainzilberi is a herbivore and should be fed a diet high in plant matter. Although not especially aggressive toward other species, males can be very aggressive toward other M. fainzilberi. Care should be taken to ensure females and subdominant males have room to run and hide. Tankmates should be chosen to be tolerant of aggression as well as having a compatible diet. To discuss M. fainzilberi visit the Lake Malawi Species forum.