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Cichlids
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

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

 

 

 


Metriaclima greshakei
MEYER & FOERSTER, 1984


Photo © Michael Persson
Metriaclima greshakei male.

Trade names and synonyms
Pseudotropheus greshakei, Pseudotropheus sp."ice blue", Pseudotropheus sp."Makokola", William's mbuna, Greshakei-zebra.

Size and appearance
This standard-sized mbuna could reach a size between 12 and 14 cm (4,5-5,5 in.). Males have ice blue body with orange-red dorsal and caudal fins. The colour of the females is more brownish-grey and the orange-red markings aren't as bright as on the males.

Food
It's a vegetarian which mainly feeds on plankton found in open waters. Territorial males are foraging in the biocover on rocks. In aquarium it's best fed with shrimp mix. As for other cichlids feeding on plankton, new-hatched brine shrimps are good as complement.

Aquarium
Should not be smaller than 300 litres (65 gal.).

Habitat
Inhabits the upper part of the rocky habitat, near open water where it feeds. Found at depths between 15 and 35 metres (50-115 ft.).

Breeding
A mouth brooder that is easy to breed, the spawning proceeds in typical mbuna manner.

General
Metriaclima greshakei is a relatively calm and peaceful mbuna kept in an aquarium. Males guard their territory mainly towards other males of the same species. It's closely related with Metriaclima mbenji, therefore they shouldn't be kept together.

Distribution
Endemic to Makokola Reef south of Boadzulu Island.

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