Photo © Bill Kramer
|Common name:||Flag cichlid, Festivum, Festiva|
|Scientific name:||Mesonauta festivus|
|Size:||6 to 8" (15-20cm)|
|Origin:||Amazon basins, Guyana|
|Tank setup:||A heavily planted tank with plenty of hiding places.|
|Compatibility:||Generally peaceful with similar sized tank mates
that are not too aggressive. Do not keep with small fish as they may be eaten.|
|Water chemistry:||Slightly acidic (pH 6.5-7.5), soft to medium hard water.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: most foods accepted, provide some green foods.|
|Sexing:||Males have a longer nose and are generally larger in size.|
|Breeding:||Generally difficult to breed. Provide soft acidic warmer water to induce spawning.
Eggs are laid on a pre-cleaned stone and guarded by the parents, who also tend the fry.|
These cichlids need efficient filtration to maintain water quality as they are a
sensitive species. As they are easily frightened, make sure to provide plenty of
cover and hiding places in a well planted tank. Dim lighting is preferred.