Pictured above: A mated pair of True Red Terrors, Male in rear, Female in front. About 1.5 yrs old
pictured above: A closeup of a younger True Red Terror not quite showing his color, but the potential coming.
pictured left: A nice mature FEMALE True Red Terror about 2 years old
Red Terror Cichlid
Amphilophus festae (Ex-Cichlasoma festae)
a.k.a. Festa Cichlid
Native to: Ecuador, and rarely in southern regions of Central America. Found along shore areas of rivers in Equador. South America; Western Ecuador, on the Pacific slope.
Size: Males: up to 18” in wild, Females up to 12”. Typically 8” in captivity
pH:6.8 to 7.0 dH: 2 to 18o Temp:77-84F
Food: New Life Spectrum "Cichlid Formula" found at Fish Foods
Sexing: Males & females are very different in coloration as the females are generally breath-taking as opposed to males. Females keep their juvenile coloring and will begin to get greatly pronounced with age, while the male loses this extraordinary coloring. Females have a bright yellow base with strong distinct bars, red fins and green spangling with red hues on the front of their face. Males have more of a green base to their body, however both sexes have red fins and green spangling on the fins. Males rarely get a nuchal hump, and if they do it is not very pronounced.
True Red Terror vs. false info: The Festae is usually confused easily with the Mayan cichlid (Amphilophus urophthalmus) The best way to tell the difference between these cichlids when younger is look for a “y” that connects the vertical front bars on a festae’s body, whereas the Uro’s do not touch one another. Also the Festae’s false eye spot on it’s tail is off-center and up higher on the fin, the Uro’s eye spot is centered.
Temperament: Known to be one of the most aggressive cichlids available in the hobby, they are generally more docile when younger and do not come out of their shell until they are around 6” and up in size. We always keep our Festae in large colonies and have avoided any type of fighting or aggressive behavior, but it does help to offer space and many rocky hiding places which offer refuge and territories.
Breeding: Festae is easily bred for most as with most Central and South American fish, provide a flat surface for egg-laying. The males are usually abusive to the females during spawning so make sure to provide a place for the female to be able to get away.
Size at shipping: usually about 1.5"or about 6+ months old.
Seasonal, may not be available at all times, or all sizes.