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Aulonocara baenschi
Aulonocara "eureka"
Aulonocara hueseri
Aulonocara jocobfreibergi
Aulonocara sp."lwanda"
Aulonocara "ruby red"
Aulonocara "orange blotch"
Aulonocara rostratum
Aulonocara stuartgranti

Champsochromis caeruleus

Copadichromis azureus
Copadichromis sp. "azureus whitehead"
Copadichromis borleyi
Copadichromis sp. "mloto likoma"
Copadichromis sp. "virginalis gold"

Cynotilapia afra

Cyrtocara moorii

Dimidiochromis compressiceps
Dimidiochromis strigatus

Fossorochromis rostratus

Iodotropheus sprengerae

Labeotropheus fuelleborni
Labeotropheus trewavasae

Labidochromis caeruleus
Labidochromis sp. "caeruleus purple longnose"
Labidochromis sp. "perlmutt"

Melanochromis auratus
Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos
Melanochromis johannii

Metriaclima aurora
Metriaclima barlowi
Metriaclima callainos
Metriaclima estherae
Metriaclima fainzilberi
Metriaclima greshakei
Metriaclima hajomaylandi
Metriaclima lombardoi
Metriaclima mbenji
Metriaclima sp. "msobo"
Metriaclima zebra

Nimbochromis livingstonii
Nimbochromis polystigma
Nimbochromis venustus

Otopharynx sp."auromarginatus margrette"
Otopharynx lithobates

Placidochromis electra
Placidochromis sp."electra superior"
Placidochromis milomo
Placidochromis sp."phenochilus tanzania"

Protomelas sp."mbenji thick lips"
Protomelas ornatus
Protomelas sp."spilonotus tanzania"
Protomelas sp."steveni taiwan"
Protomelas taeniolatus

Pseudotropheus crabro
Pseudotropheus demasoni
Pseudotropheus sp. "demasoni mozambique"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus mpanga"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus ornatus"
Pseudotropheus sp."elongatus ruarwe"
Pseudotropheus sp. "flameback"
Pseudotropheus flavus
Pseudotropheus sp. "perspicax orange cap"
Pseudotropheus sp. "polit"
Pseudotropheus pulpican
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Pseudotropheus socolofi

Sciaenochromis fryeri

Tropheops sp."red cheek"

Tyrannochromis macrostoma

Lake Malawi map - northern part
Lake Malawi map - southern part




Metriaclima estherae

Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima estherae, female.

Trade names and synonyms
Red zebra, Pseudotropheus estherae, Maylandia estherae.

Can reach a length of approximately 12 cm (11.5-12 in.).


Should be at least 300 litres arranged with plenty of caves for the females to hide in.


It is easy to spawn, like mbunas in common, it's best to have 3-5 females per male.

Metriaclima estherae is a classic malawi cichlid, wich is a very common inhabitant in malawitanks.
Males occur in two colourations, the most common one is light-blue and the other one is pink-orange coloured.
The common female is orange/red but also occurs as O/B-morph (orange blotch).
The difference in colour between the sexes appears allready when the female had let the frys out after brooding.
This cichlid is perfect for beginners, quiet, peaceful and relatvely modest.
If they get a well composed shrimpmix the females will get a nice orange colour which almost passes to red during spawning.
It is named after the cichlid exporter Stuart Grant's whife Esther.

It is found in the Moçambique-part of the lake, for example at Minos reef, Nkhungu reef, Chilucha reef and Masinje.
The most colourful variant occurs around Minos Reef.

Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima estherae, orange male.

Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima estherae, blue male.

Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima estherae

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