Mesonauta festivus


Mesonauta festivus
Festivum Cichlid
画眉慈鲷
The Flag Cichlid is actually a very social cichlid and likes to be in groups. They can be kept in a community aquarium with quite a variety of other fish, even many smaller fish. Though they make an interesting and welcome addition to a tank with Angelfish, they are not so good with the small colorful Neons as these are a favorite snack. In the wild they have some very interesting behaviors from resting on their sides to jumping up out of the water when feeling threatened, rather than swimming quickly to the bottom as most cichlids do.

They are easy to moderate to care for as long as water conditions are kept up with regular water changes. They are a timid cichlid and need to be able to hide, a tangled bunch of bog wood is appreciated and they also like plants that reach to the top of a tall tank. They do not dig up plants and hardy species such as Sagittarius and Vallisneria will work well, as do plastic plants. Depending on their personality they may or may not eat the live plants, especially if its not on their menu. Have the plants reach to the top of the water, but still leave some open areas for swimming. Be sure to have a lid on the aquarium because of their tendency to jump up when frightened.

体椭圆形,幼鱼体色银白,一条黑色斜纹从眼部横穿而过,体形似金钱豹鱼,但体幅较宽。背鳍基很长,臀鳍基很短,鳍条后端均尖形,延长达尾鳍边缘。腹鳍细长。体色浅褐黄色。主要特色是有1条黑色斜纹如眉而得名。斜条纹从口部开始,通过眼、鳃盖、体侧,上斜达背鳍后端。
易饲养,在慈鲷中算是性情温和的品种,可与其他同等体型鱼混养,但对小型鱼特别是灯鱼有攻击性。较胆小,喜欢昏暗环境和设置藏身场所。适宜弱酸性软水,饵料以活食为主,经常搭配些青菜。
性成熟年龄8个月,雄鱼体色艳丽,背鳍、臀鳍末端尖长,雌鱼腹部膨大,亲鱼自然配对,在温度27-28度弱酸性软水中,放入大理石做鱼巢,卵有粘性,亲鱼怀卵量500-1000粒,产卵后亲鱼会护卵。48小时孵化,72小时后幼鱼会自由活动。 


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