Care Level: Easy
Live Plant Safe: Yes
General Description: The Festivum Cichlid, also referred to as the Flag Cichlid, are widespread throughout much of northern South America in densely planted, slow moving river waters. A relatively hardy and adaptable species, Festivum are typically tan-yellow in color, with a dark line through the dorsal side of their body and elongated pelvic fins. Unless a pair of Festivum are breeding, they are a rather peaceful cichlid; sexual dimorphism between males and females is not obvious, with males sometimes exhibiting larger dorsal and anal fins. Festivum do best when kept in groups of 4 or more individuals; this species does not fare well alone. An adult Festivum can reach a size of approximately 4″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild Festivum are omnivores, but a greater proportion of their diet should be vegetable based. A diet made up of various high quality vegetable and protein based flake foods and sinking pellet foods are ideal, in addition to offering frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp that contains spirulina algae and other mixed freshwater preparations. Freeze-dried Tubifex worms are also a favorite, as are providing live blackworms occasionally as a treat. Variety is the spice of life in order to maintain color, immune function and longevity of your fish.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 55 to 75 gallon aquarium is ideal for a group of Festivum. This species should not be introduced into a biologically immature aquarium, as they have sensitivites to nitrite and ammonia. Biweekly water changes are encouraged to keep water parameters up to standard (Nitrates < 30 ppm). A sandy or fine substrate is preferred, and the aquarium should be aquascaped mostly with driftwood or similar natural furnishings. An ideal environment for Festivum would also include somewhat dense vegetation (preferably live) and dimmer lighting. Festivum are compatible with a variety of small to medium-sized community fish, so long as tank mates thrive in similar tank conditions and water parameters. Do not mix Festivum with overly aggressive or pugnacious Central or South American species. Avoid Malawian African cichlids altogether. Some Tanganyikan African cichlids may be compatible based on temperament, but will likely not thrive in the same water conditions Festivum prefer. Recommended water conditions, 76-82° F, KH 0-5, pH 6.5-8.0.
Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/4” to 1-1/2”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.