Festivum (Mesonauta festivus)

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Mesonauta festivus

170 Litres (45 US G.)

12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")




6.0 - 8.0

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

4-6 °d

2:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Additional names

Festivum, Flag Cichlid, Barred Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Acara festiva, Cichlasoma festiva, Cichlasoma insigne, Cichlasoma insignis, Heros festivus, Heros insignis, Mesonauta festiva, Mesonauta festivum, Mesonauta insignis

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Paraná River basin, in the Paraguay River drainage in Brazil and Paraguay; Amazon River basin, in the Guaporé (Brazil and Bolivia), Madre de Dios (Peru), Mamoré (Bolivia), Jamari and Tapajós (Brazil) River drainages.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

These fish are quite difficult to visually sex. The pectoral and anal fins of mature males will be slightly more elongated, but this is not a definite way of sexing them.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A shy Cichlid that is generally peaceful and does well housed with similar-sized peaceful fish. Should not be housed with small fish such as Neon Tetras as they will be eaten. Can be kept in pairs and with other generally peaceful American Cichlids such as Angelfish and German Blue Rams.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Does well fed on a meaty diet including daphnia and brine shrimp as well as pellet and flake food. They will also willingly accept and benefit from vegetarian foods including pellet and flake and may nibble blanched vegetables.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

These fish should be in a spacious tank with good filtration and well aerated but not too strong a current. They must be provided with plenty of hiding places in plants and bogwood. They are quite sensitive to nitrates, so nitrites to water quality must be kept immaculate.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A shy and timid American Cichlid.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An oval-shaped fish with a pointed snout. The body is pale in colour and the dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins are elongated and whitish-yellow. The back of the fish is grey/dark grey and there is a distinctive diagonal dark band which runs from the eye to the caudal end of the dorsal fin.

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