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 Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae

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PostSubject: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   1/5/2010, 9:00 pm

Festae (Red Terror) Ex Cichlasoma Festae

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: South American Cichlids

Maximum Size: Males - 18 inches, Females-up to 12 inches

Life Span: 12 years

Natural Habitat: South American rivers (Ecuador and Columbia)

Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons

Tank Region: All Over

Possible Tank Mates: Will not tolerate other species

Water Chemistry: pH 6-8 (7.0), dH 2-18(*), and temps 77-84degreesF

Description: A stunning beautiful fish that is also highly aggressive and absolutely intolerant of other fish species. This fish gets rather large so an aquarium of at least 125 gallons is required. Tank must be large and roomy with open swimming areas. Provide plenty of hiding places with stable rock structures and caves. This fish likes to dig and uproot plants and move things around. Regular partial water changes are required.

Breeding techniques: The Red Terror are fairly difficult fish to breed because its size and problems with pairing. Festae are cave brooders and lay eyes in sheltered areas. Several large pits are dug in the gravel before the eggs are laid. Up to 3000 eggs can be laid. After 3days, the eggs begin to hatch. The young are aided by the father, who pulls the egg shells off of them. The fry are then transferred by the female to the previously dug pits. After 5-6 days the young can swim on their own. Fry must be fet Artemia nauplii, water fleas, fine dry food, and Cyclops.

Special thanks to LiveAquaria.com, Monabay.com, Aquahobby.com, AquariumLife.net and pics from Mark Guidry.


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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   1/5/2010, 9:04 pm

Its amazing that mine lives peacefully with 11 other fish! I am glad that it does. Thanks for the post, I love these guys.
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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   1/5/2010, 9:06 pm

Fish shop in New Orleans, 50 Fathoms has a young pair in a community tank and doing well... Until they get a little bigger, LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   1/5/2010, 9:10 pm

Also, I thought I would add this. The Red Terrors where I live look like this....

This is a male. The females dorsal fin is usually back or mostly black.
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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   1/5/2010, 9:22 pm

All so American cichlds change color a lot. The bright red is the breeding colors. They will be less colorful whne stressed or with out a mate. Some times lone cichlds will be light color but when with tank mates they will color up to show off how domanite they are.
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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   1/5/2010, 9:31 pm

I have two of them, male and female.
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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   1/5/2010, 10:42 pm

Rachael0805 wrote:
I have two of them, male and female.

I love photos. Could you post some of them. They are cool fish.
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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   2/12/2010, 5:34 pm

do you have any pics of the beast at full adult hood?
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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   10/6/2011, 3:26 pm

Rachael0805 wrote:
Also, I thought I would add this. The Red Terrors where I live look like this....

This is a male. The females dorsal fin is usually back or mostly black.

I know that this post is a little old, but your Festae is NOT a Festae. Its A false Red Terror, or Mayan also known as Uropthalmus. The Festae tail spot (flower) is located at the top of where the body and tail meet. The Uro has a large spot that goes from the top to the bottom.

Also the first two bars on a Festae, (starting at the head) form a Y or a 4, either way they connect. The picture of your fish does not. The first 2 bars do not come close to forming a Y.

Sorry for the bad news.

This picture is a true Festae, see how yours and this one do not look the same.

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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   10/6/2011, 6:17 pm

Thank you for pointing out the differences. I have seen several people on other sites list Red Terrors and I noticed some pictures look like your picture and others look like Rachaels. I never looked at the lines and the dot until you pointed it out.

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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   10/6/2011, 11:07 pm


lol hard to believe thats a 2 year old + fish haha sooooo slow growing
Had two but one of them vanished "guessing jumped out and dog found it"


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PostSubject: Re: Festae (Red Terror) Cichlasoma Festae   10/8/2011, 9:08 am

top one looks like a Mayan to me i have one that looks exactly like it

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