Native Location: Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.
Maximum Size: 10cm
Temperature Range: 24-28℃ (76-82℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.0 - 8.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 140l
Potential Tankmates: Geophagus and Apistogramma cichlids, Tetras, Barbs and Corydoras.
Care Level: Easy
You can find the Festivum Cichlid, also known as Flag Cichlid, in many river drainages across South America. Almost all the habitats are filled with lots of aquatic plants which makes them an ideal choice for an aquarium with live plants. A peaceful species that can be kept in a community aquarium. That being said, if a pair has formed within your aquarium, you can expect a few defensive and territorial displays.
The ideal aquarium would consist of a soft sandy substrate with some wood and lots of plants. Flow is not very important due to their tendency to live in slow-moving waters. The Festivum cichlid provides elegance to a community aquarium.
Feeding Festivum Cichlids is not a challenging task due to their willingness to accept almost any food. They are a natural tendency to eat anything they come across while swimming. In the home aquarium, offer quality dry food with a mixture of frozen or live foods such as daphnia, bloodworm and brine shrimp.
If you are looking for a new breeding project then look no further than the Festivum Cichlids. Like many other cichlid species, a pair is formed. Eggs will be deposited on a smooth and flat surface by the female and in turn, fertilized by the male who will defend the area throughout the process. Both parents will care for the fry but can be spooked very easily, resulting in them eating the fry. Ideally, a breeding aquarium, in a room with little foot traffic should be used if intentional breeding is intended.
All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.