Zebra mbuna - Maylandia zebra
Scientific name: Maylandia zebra
Common name: Zebra mbuna
Usual size in fish tanks: 13 - 15 cm (5.12 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7.3 - 8.9
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 12 - 25°N (214.29 - 446.43ppm)
0°C 32°F30°C 86°F
Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
In the wild Zebra Mbunas eat algae off the rocks and plankton out of the open waters. When in captivity, they will accept a variety of foods such as flakes, pellets, frozen, dried and live foods.
The male Zebra Mbuna has dummy egg spots located on his anal fin. As he matures he will develop a vestigial hump on his head.
These mbunas exhibit typical mouthbrooding behavior. The female will hold on to the young for 20-25 days until releasing her newly independent fry.
The Zebra Mbuna comes from the rocky northwestern shores of Lake Malawi
There is much debate over the taxonomy of this cichlid species. The different name possibilities include: Pseudotropheus zebra, Maylandia zebra, and Metriaclima zebra.
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