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Pseudotropheus estherae
Red Zebra Cichlid

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Name: Pseudotropheus estherae
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Lake Malawi (Africa)
12 cm 100 L 8.1 27°C


I have an albino red zebra, he's a very intresting fish that backs down from no other fish. I have him in a tank with many different species, like the pink convict, freshwater barracuda, green terrors, etc. He loves to eat krill, bloodworms, pellets and hot dogs. They're a rare fish to come by and very aggressive.

Contributed by Johnny O.

It is dangerous to feed a Red Zebra Cichlid blood worms. Feeding certain species of cichlids blood worms can cause a blockage and lead to a disease known as bloating and can lead to the death of the fish. Their digestive tracts are not designed to handle this type of food. Blood worms are not native to African Lakes. Just thought I would let you know.

Contributed by Brad

I have a pair of these fish, which are some of the most dominant in the tank. They are a beautiful pair except I'm not sure if they are male and female. I really hope they are because they're a beautiful pair that cruise around demanding respect.

Contributed by (no name given)

I just lost the male of my pair, to a chipokee. There are two other smaller males who should pair up with the female, though. I've noticed that they (only 8 cm) spawn just about every other month. I usually find 1 or 2 babies peeking out of the rocks near the clear spots a week later. The larger fish generally leave fry alone & pick on each other. I feed them all a variety of pellets.

Contributed by Kenny Lee

I have 2 Pseudotropheus zebra in an 75 liter tank with 2 Pseudotropheus socolofi. I have no idea if they are male and female or what. They are about 5-7 cm in length, so I guess it's too soon to tell. However they rarely leave each other's side. If one of them swims away, as soon as the other notices, he/she will quickly swim over to the other one. I don't know if they do it as a form of protection against the aggressive Socolofi´s or what. I do hope that it turns out that they are a mating couple, though. I'm using crushed coral and I have some groups of rocks to simulate their natural environment. I feed them cichlid pellets and flakes which they eagerly gobble up. Like most other moderate to agressive fish, these Zebras are a beautiful addition to any tank.

Contributed by Ed Cabrera

I had a bright yellow zebra. It was the most beautiful cichlid I have ever found, so intelligent, colorful and graceful, but it was so aggressive to all its cichlid tank mates (especially the peacock) that I just had to take it back to the shop.

Contributed by Justin Fox

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