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Scientific Name: Metriaclima sp. "mbweca"
Pronunciation: m
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Geo. Origin: Mbweca, Mala Point and Cobwe, Mozambique
Habitat: Cavedweller in Rocky Habitat
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 5"
Temperature: 73-81°F
pH: 7.5-9
Water Hardness: Hard
Difficulty: 2



Photo Credit: Darcy McQuillan


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Dominant male
Adult male
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Subadult male
Male displaying to female
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Males are found in the open water, near rocks, where they primarily feed on plankton. Males are territorial. Spawning takes place in the male's territory - a large, dark cave found among large boulders. Females are non-territorial and form large schools in mid-water and feed on the plankton together during the day hours.
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