Festive Cichlid Mesonauta festivus/mirificus

Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
The Festive Cichlid, also called Flag Cichlid, is native to the Amazon River Basin. Formerly considered one species, it is now six; the two shown here native to the western Amazon in Peru and Colombia (M. mirificus) and southwestern Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay (M. festivus).
Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
They favour slow-moving, black (tannin-stained) waters with plants where their banding gives camouflage.
Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
The bars on their side darken when the fish is stressed or excited and can disappear at other times.
Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
They can reach a length of up to 12cm. Diet includes plants and small invertebrates.
Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
Festive Cichlid
They live in loose schools to avoid predators. They break away in pairs to breed and rejoin after raising young.