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Mesonauta festiva
Festive cichlid
Heckel, 1840

Mesonauta festiva - Festive cichlid - Festive cichlids make fine community fish
Festive cichlids make fine community fish
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(Other members of the genus Mesonauta)

ADULT SIZE: 12 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 24-29 C

FOOD: Feed Mesonauta festiva live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil, Guyana

AQUARIUM CARE: Festive ciclids hail from the Amazon where they are often found with the angel fish Pterophyllum scalare. They are a good community fish, but like angelfish will eat small tetras when they are fully grown.

BREEDING: Breeding requires peace and quiet and a larger tank

Have you bred Mesonauta festiva? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Mesonauta festiva breeding reports








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