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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


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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

Feed a varied diet Flake food is an excellent nutritionally balanced food for tropical fish, but all species relish a varied diet. Where appropriate, try feeding commercially bought frozen livefoods, very small pieces of shellfish (mussel, prawn etc) or culture your own Daphnia, brine shrimp, or worms. See more about foods and feeding here


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