Insignis Festivum Cichlid (Mesonauta insignis)


An attractive, relatively peaceful medium-growing cichlid, the Insignis Festivum or Flag Cichlid is one of several similar looking species found throughout the Orinoco drainage in Colombia and Venezuela. Like most of its relatives in the genus Mesonauta, they tend to be found close to the water’s surface in slower-moving areas with lots of overhanging vegetation and often live alongside Angels. In the wild, a large amount of their diet is made up of fruit and nuts that fall into the water from overhanging trees but will accept almost any prepared or frozen foods in the aquarium.



Insignis Festivum Cichlid (Mesonauta insignis)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Orinoco Drainage
Diet: Omnivore, will accept most frozen or prepared foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 4″
Recommended Tank Size: 30 gallons+
Compatibility: Peaceful for a cichlid, will get along with most similarly sized tankmates

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.6
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm