Cichlasoma festae
 

82F
Explanation of the symbols

79F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Ecuador
Length : 50 cm - 20"
Min. length aquarium : 300 cm - 120"
English name : Guyanas Cichlid

This very aggressive fish makes a large territory.  During breeding time he burrows in the substrate.  You should keep them in a very large aquarium because otherwise they don't reach their normal grownup size.  They are real predators, so you can not keep them together with small fishes, because they think it is food.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots, because they need hiding places.  A regular large changing of the water is appreciated.

You should give them live food such as small fishes, insects and their larvae, worms and snails.  Dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 300 eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat stone.  The female cares for the eggs and the male defends the territory.  After 3 days the eggs hatch and the fry is brought to a breeding pit.  Another 6 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  Both parents now care for the fry.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp, Cyclops and fine crushed dry food. 

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