Common Name(s)
Red Terror, Guayas Cichlid
Scientific Name
Cichlasoma festae
Family
Cichlidae
Origin
Western Ecuador
Temperament
Very aggressive.
Maximum Size
Males can reach up to 20 inches, while females only reach up to 14 inches.
Minimum Tank Size
125 US gallons
Tank Setup
They don't do well with plants, as they like to dig. Provide plenty of open swimming space, along with some hiding spots, such as caves.
Tank Region
Middle
Diet
They are omnivoroius. Feed high quality cichlid pellets along with live/frozen foods such as earthworms, mealworms, and chopped prawns. Also be sure to feed vegetable matter, such as romaine lettuce, sliced cucumber, and zucchini.
Breeding
To establish a breeding pair, get a group of juveniles, and allow them to pair off naturally. They will dig several pits in the substrate, and then the male will clean a spawning site, such as a flat rock. The female will then lay up to 3000 eggs, which hatch after 3-4 days, then the fry will be moved into the pits the parents dug before spawning. The fry will become free-swimming 5-6 days later, and the parents will continue to protect them.
Compatibility
They are very aggressive, so they should be kept alone, or in pairs.
Ease of Keeping
Moderate
Care
pH: 6.0-8.0, Temperature 77-84 degrees Fahrenheit
They can live for 10-12 years with proper care.
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