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Metriaclima fainzilberi is living in reasonable shallow water in rocky environments. They can be found along the coasts of the lake between Ngara and Mara Rocks in Malawi, also in Tanzania along the entire coast to Lumbaulo in Mozambique. This variant, which before was called Metriaclima sp."zebra chilumba", can be found near Maison Reef.

A few months ago (may 2008) we have bought eleven of these cichlids, four males and seven females. They were very young at that time but nowadays - march 2009 - the males are grown up to a size of about 13 cm, the females about 9 to 10 cm. We divided this group in two smaller groups from which one of them is since septembre 2008 in Thimo`s tank, one male with three females. The rest - three males and four females - are swimming in a large breeding tank.
One of the males is really leading and beatiful colouring, he is the most dominant of all in this moment and he is continuous trying to seduce a female, in the meantime we've got several times offspring of them. Against eachother they are a little intolerant, however it turns out better than we expected up till now, they are more tolerant against the other inhabitants.

Itīs very important to give them food which is rich of algae like spirulina pellets or flakes. This should not be missing on their menu. Sometimes you can also offer them mysis, artemia, cyclops and shrimp-peas mix.

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