Festive Cichlid Tropical Fish Information

Mesonauta festivus
Festive Cichlid
Behaviour Peaceful, timid, territorial, pair forming
Typical size 12cm
Max size 15cm
Tank Area Middle, all
Min Tank Size 120cm
Min Number in Tank 2
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 30℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live, vegetable foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Festive Cichlid Mesonauta festivus
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Festive Cichlid (Mesonauta festivus)

Festive Cichlid Tropical Fish Learn all about the Festive Cichlid's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Festive Cichlid is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Festive Cichlid may not be as colourful as many other aquarium fish but being a cichlid, has plenty of personality and will soon grow on those who observe it. Festive Cichlids should be mixed with care, on the one hand they are timid and easily frightened fish whilst on the other they will grow to a reasonable size and can become territorial and even aggressive when breeding. Good tank mates would include robust fish of a similar size that are also relatively peaceful. Festive Cichlids should be kept in aquariums with plenty of hiding spots amongst rocks, wood, or plants and good water quality. A varied diet will improve overall health.

Festive Cichlid Facts

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Acara festiva, Cichlasoma festivum, Mesonauta festiva, M. festivum, Heros festivus | Other names Flag cichlid, barred cichlid, festivum | Origin South America; Parana, Amazon River basins | Breeding Spawning occurs on smooth objects after parents clean the area. Both parents guard eggs and brood. | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to soft | Natural Habitat Vegetated river or stream banks | Sexing Males may have longer pointed fins, although this is not always accurate

Festive Cichlid Help and Advice

If you have a question about keeping Festive Cichlid's then please use our Festive Cichlid help forum. Join 100's of other fish enthusiasts with 1000's of years experience between them caring for and keeping fish like these.

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You are in the thinkfish community creator for the Festive Cichlid fish species, you can learn all about how the tool works in assessing fish tank mate compatibility at the link provided or use the tool tips provided to guide you. Create a test fish community that includes the Festive Cichlid species and any other types of fish or crustacean you'd like to introduce - You can assess the best companions, tank size suitability, stocking levels based on filter type and volume and possible negative interactions and warnings as you build up your aquarium.

Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Festive Cichlid information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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