Location: cichlid world
Humor: Not often
Favorite Fish: tanganikian
|Subject: SPECIES PROFILE: PSEUDOTROPHEUS ZEBRA (NYASSA BLUE) Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:30 pm|| |
Scientific Name: Pseudotropheus zebra Common Name
: Zebra Cichlid, Nyassa blueOrigin:
Africa, endemic to Lake Malawi
Around 6 inches
Areas of rich sediment and sandy rocky outcroppings, also along tree roots and crevices in these areas. Diet:
Omnivore. Likes algae, duck weed, spinach, lettuce, Brine Shrimp, Krill, Beef hearts and Mysis shrimp. Will also accept Flake and Stick. Temperature:
72-82 degrees PH:
8-9 and 10-18dGH Moderately alkaline water.
Minimum Tank Size:
55 Gallon minimum
Lower to mid region
Aggressive ,even more so during breeding.
Possible Tank Mates:
Cherry Zebras, Venestus, Kenyi, Gershaki, johanni, Electric yellow. Filtration and Setup:
HOB, Mechanical, Chemical, Canister, or trickle filter will work just fine. Sand or gravel will work for a substrate. Likes lots of rock work, slate, tree roots and caves. Weekly water changes of about 1/4 tank or more are needed.
Blueish white body with dark blue
, black lateral stripes usually 8 to 9 of the stripes.
Mouthbrooder, likes to breed on a cleaned off piece of slate or flat surface. The female will hold the eggs until they turn to fry in about 3 to 4 weeks. She will spit them out and care for them for about another week. Multiple females are better with a single male. 1m/4f ratio should be kept for breeding.