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Metriaclima sp."zebra gold" can be found along the northwestern coast of the lake between Chirombo Point and Charo. This variant is found in a rocky environment, in the deeper regions near Lion's Cove.

In the lake the males of these species can grow to 13 cm, in the aquarium however they can grow taller because of a good feeding. The males can then grow to about 15 cm, females grow to about 12 cm.

Metriaclima sp."zebra gold" Lion's Cove can behave intolerant against equal species, against other inhabitants they are in general tolerant. You can best keep this species with multiple females and other mbuna in an aquarium with a lot of hiding places.

In the lake they are mainly feeding themselves with algae, invertebrates and plankton. In the aquarium they are comfortable with any food. They take everything they get offered, like spirulina pellets, mysis, artemia, cyclops and shrimp-peas mix. Food rich of algae like spirulina pellets or flakes is very important to them so this should not be missing on their menu.
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