Flag Cichlid (Mesonauta insignis)

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Flag Cichlid

Mesonauta insignis

170 Litres (45 US G.)

10.2-15.2cm (4-6 ")




6.0 - 8.0

25.6-26.7°C (78 -80 °F)

4-6 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Additional names

Flag Cichlid

Additional scientific names

Heros insignis

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Amazon River basin, in the upper Negro River drainage in Brazil; Orinoco River basin, along the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

These fish are quite difficult to visually sex. The pectoral and anal fins of mature males will be slightly more elongated, but this is not a definite way of sexing them.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A shy Cichlid that is generally peaceful and does well housed with similar-sized peaceful fish. Should not be housed with small fish such as Neon Tetras as they will be eaten. Can be kept in pairs and with other generally peaceful American Cichlids such as Angelfish and German Blue Rams.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Does well fed on a meaty diet including daphnia and brine shrimp as well as pellet and flake food. They will also willingly accept and benefit from vegetarian foods including pellet and flake and may nibble blanched vegetables.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

These fish should be in a spacious tank with good filtration and well aerated but not too strong a current. They must be provided with plenty of hiding places in plants and bogwood. They are quite sensitive to nitrates, so nitrites to water quality must be kept immaculate.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A shy and timid American Cichlid.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An oval-shaped fish with a pointed snout very easily mistaken for the more common Festivum. M. insignis can be distinguished by seven faint vertical bars that are exhibited when stressed, 2 and 4 are joined and the scales above the diagonal "flag" bar are reticulated.

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