Common Name(s)
Flag Cichlid, Festivum
Scientific Name
Mesonauta festivus
Family
Cichlidae, Subfamily: Cichlasomatinae
Origin
South America
Temperament
Peaceful, but they become more aggressive when breeding.
Maximum Size
4 inches
Minimum Tank Size
40 US Gallons
Tank Setup
Provide a well planted tank with a sandy substrate and bogwood as decor.
Tank Region
Middle
Diet
They are omnivores and will accept most prepared foods. Their diet should be supplemented with live/frozen foods such a brine shrimp and bloodworms along with some vegetable matter.
Breeding
They are substrate spawners. The female will lay 200+ eggs and both parents will guard them. The fry hatch after 3 days and become free-swimming 4-5 days later.
Compatibility
They can be kept with other peaceful cichlids and peaceful community fish.
Ease of Keeping
Moderate
Care
pH: 6.0-8.0, Temperature: 76-82 degrees Fahrenheit
Can live for 5-10 years.
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