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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

Give your fish a treat! Flaked fish foods are excellent nutritionally, but most fish really enjoy tucking into live, or frozen live foods. Insect larvae such as bloodworms can be collected in summertime from your water barrel, but it is also very worthwhile to attempt to culture Daphnia or white worms for a free food source absolutely relished by aquarium fish. Frozen bloodworm are almost as good and are widely available, though freeze dried live foods tend not to go down as well. See more on feeding fish


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