Ornatus Cichlid (Mesoheros cf. ornatus)


A rarely seen South American Cichlid and close relative to M. festae, the true Red Terror, the Ornatus Cichlid is found along the Pacific slopes of Colombia and Northern Ecuador. Although not particularly colorful as juveniles, adult fish develop an attractive pattern of iridescent blue/green spots. The Ornatus is not overly aggressive but can still be quite territorial, so tankmates should be chosen carefully.



Ornatus Cichlid (Mesoheros cf. ornatus)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio San Juan Drainage
Diet: Omnivore and predator, will accept most frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 8″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallons+
Compatibility: Aggressive, especially towards conspecifics or other cichlids. Best kept with similarly aggressive species or non-cichlids

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.8
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.

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