The Cobalt Blue Zebra Cichlid (Metriaclima callainos) hail from the sandy shallows and deeper rocky waters of lake Malawi, Africa and is known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Blue Cichlid, Zebra Malawi Cichlid, Cobalt Blue Mbuna and Cobalt Zebra.
african cichlids, pearl white zebra - Google Search
The Pseudotropheus Ice Blue , also known as William's Mbuna, is a pretty zebra-type cichlid from Lake Malawi, Africa. It has a very appealing coloration of an ice blue body contrasted with a bright orange top fin. It makes a great fish to add variety in a Mbuna cichlid Tank.
looks like a blue zebra! [african cichlid]
Zebra Cichlids are very hardy fish, and can live up to about 10 years in captivity. They are relatively aggressive and are best housed with other Mbuna species or other African cichlids of similar size and personality. Don’t house them with the more peaceful Lake Malawi species like the Peacock Cichlids or other less aggressive cichlids.
Red Zebra African Cichlid - not my photo, but we have one like this
The Zebra Cichlid originated in deep rocky waters of Lake Malawi in Africa. It is also known as the Red Mbuna, the Cherry Zebra, the Pearl Zebra, theCobalt Blue Zebra, the Red or Orange Blotch Zebra (OB). The word “Mbuna” means “rock fish”, which refers to its habitat. It is sometimes referred to by the scientific name Pseudotropheus Zebra, but subsequently has transitioned through the name Maylandia to end up being calledMetriclima. The authority on Metriaclima estherae is Ad Konings and thename estherae refers his friend Stuart Grant's wife, Esther.The zebra cichlid also known as the Malawi blue or Malawi zebra cichlid and it originates from East Africa in the Lake Malawi. This thick cichlid has a swelled forehead and with a tall tail fin. The rear parts of the and are elongated and pointed on the Zebra Cichlid. The ends of the anal and dorsal fins have yellow egg spots and in this species there are many color varieties, blue being amongst the most common. Seven or eight blue/black bars run across the body and generally in this color variety the bottom part of the face is black as well. The scientific name for the Red Zebra is Pseudotropheus estherae and the common zebra cichlid is Pseudotropheus zebra.