Mesonauta festivus
Explanation of the symbols

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Guyana, Amazon river
Length of the vis : 15 cm - 6"
Min.length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
English name : Flag Cichlid
Peaceful, shy fish that you should keep as a pair.  A territory is made.  The aquarium should be planted densely and set up with driftwood and roots because they need hiding places.  Use some flat stones as well because they use them for spawning.

You should give them live food, and a part of the food should be vegetable.  Dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is not easy.  They need the right waterquality.  200-500 eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat stone or a large leave of a plant.  After hatching the parents bring the fry to a breeding pit.  They both care for the fry.

Photo Credit
Jan Bukkems

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