Zebra Slim OB (Metriaclima tarakiki)

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RemarksMetriaclima tarakiki is known by several names in the hobby, including Metriaclima sp. "Zebra Slim," "Zebra Compact," and "Zebra Slim OB Blueberry." The word tarakiki means "slim" in Swahili, in reference to the long, narrow body shape of these fish compared to other Metriaclima spp. They are found between Ngkuyo Island and Higga Reef in the Tanzanian coastline of Lake Malawi. Some locations have OB males present in the wild, while others have only OB females while males are blue and black striped. It is reported that both BB (blue with black bars) and OB Males will produce spawns that contain males of both phenotypes, which makes for a very spectacular looking mbuna. They have long, slender bodies with white scales covered in blue and black blotches. 

Scientific Name: Metriaclima tarakiki

Common Name: Zebra Slim OB 

Max Size: 5"

pH: 7.5-8.4

Hardness: Hard

Temperature: 74-82°

Aggressiveness: Aggressive

Region of Origin: Lake Malawi, Africa

Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred

Diet: Flake food low in protein

Compatibility: Mbuna

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