Some of the color forms of this large species are truly stunning, particularly during breeding. Orange-bodied, black- or blue-banded types with iridescent scales are especially striking. Red Terrors are predators and are known to burrow during the spawning period. The common name for the species derives from its aggressive, territorial nature.
Other common names
- Festa’s Cichlid, Tiger Cichlid
- Cichlasoma festae, Herichthys festae
- Fully mature males reported up to 20in (50cm), but usually somewhat smaller; females smaller.
- Aggressive and territorial; should be kept only with equally large, robust tankmates.
- Large commercial formulations and livefoods accepted.
- Spacious, with open spaces and substantial shelters. Rocks and other decor should be well bedded. Plants need to be protected (by making the areas around the base of the stems inaccessible). Water chemistry not critical, but well-filtered, soft, neutral water recommended. Temperature range: 77-82 = F (25-28cC).
- Eggs are laid on a precleaned site (usually a rock). Female guards eggs while male defends territory. Fry are initially moved between predug pits by both parents.