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Maylandia zebra "Long Fin Mdoka" (Zebra Cichlid, Pseudotropheus zebra "Long Fin Mdoka")

Zebra cichlids are among the most popular African cichlds in the hobby. Numerous morphs are known, fished from specific parts of Lake Malawi. The most popular variety is blue with dark blue vertical bands. Females are less intensely coloured than the males and generally lack the egg dummy spots on the anal fin.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Highly territorial and very aggressive, this is a lively, outgoing species that does well in aquaria. Males are best kept singly with large numbers of females. Primarily herbivorous in the wild feeding on algae, aufwuchs, small invertebrates, and plankton. A mixed diet of prepared and green foods is recommended for success in captivity.

Easy to breed. Females are mouthbrooders. Eggs are deposited on the ground and then picked up by the female, who buffets the egg spots on the male's anal fin. This causes him to release his sperm, fertlising the eggs. The eggs are incubated for 2-3 weeks, and then the fry held by the females for a few more days after that. Brood size is around 60 eggs. The free-swimming fry are easily reared on algae and finely powdered flake food. All varieties of Maylandia zebra cross breed with one another, and generally hybridise with other Maylandia species as well, so they are all best kept separately.

Family Group: African Cichlids
Distribution Lake Malawi, Africa
Temperature 24-26C
Size Up to 12 cm
Water Parameters Hard, alkaline water essential
Water PH 7.5-8.5

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