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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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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Cichlids? There are estimated to be over 2000 different Cichlid species in the wild, of all sizes, shapes and colours. Many require very specialist conditions such as those coming from the sandy/rocky waters of Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika. Others, such as the Apistogramma dwarf cichlids from the Amazon basin require softer water and a well-planted tank. In general cichlids do not make good community fish as they can get quite aggressive, especially when spawning - but a specialist cichlid tank is certainly a sight to behold, and can be very rewarding for the more experienced aquarist


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