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Maylandia estherae "Blue/Red"
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Group Mbuna
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Common Name "Minos Reef", "Red Zebra"
Fish Size min 4" - max 5" Inches
Min Tank Size 50 Gallons
Sexual Differences Males and females can be sexed at birth. Males are born dark brown, females a pale pink. As both fish mature, the males turn a light blue and females a deep orange. Males can also display vertical barring, especially when in an aggressive or mating mood. Both sexes can show egg spots.
General Information Located at Minos Reef. Found over the rocky habitat. Diet in the wild consists of aufwuchs off the rocks and plankton in the water.

Aquarium should have plenty of rockwork to provide shelter, territorial markers and spawning sites. Feed a quality cichlid flake/pellet food. Supplement with spirulina flake and frozen foods such as krill, brine or mysis.

This species occasionally produces OB females in addition to the blue males and orange females. Red males can also occur.

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