Mesonauta festivus
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Mesonauta festivus

Common Names: Festivum
Flag Cichlid
Synonyms: Heros festivus
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; Amazon Basin, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful, but territorial. Can be timid towards larger, more aggressive fish.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Vegetable based flakes and blood worms are the preferred food. A tank with hiding places withn dense vegatation around the edges is required or the Festivum may become too timid to eat. Small fish, such as <a href="../characins/neon.asp">Neons</a> will be eaten by adults. Frequent water changes are required as this species is sensitive to bad water conditions.
6 - 8
25°C - 30°C
77°F - 86°F
4 dH - 8 dH
Potential Size: Male: 17cm (6.7")
Female: 17cm (6.7")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Adult males have slightly longer fins.
Breeding: Difficult. Broad, flat rocks are required for spawning. Use a pH of 6.5 and peat filtration to soften and condition the water. Ammonia and nitrates must be minimal. Do not remove the parents as they guard the eggs.
Comments: <a href="angelfish.asp">Angelfish</a> are an excellent tank mate for this species.
Main Colours: Silver, Black
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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Submitted By: Adam
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