This beautiful flag cichlid (Mesonauta) comes from the Venezuelan federal state of Amazonas and there again from the administrative district Manapiare. Since it cannot be assigned without doubt to one of the Mesonauta species already described, the cichlid enthusiasts currently call it Mesonauta sp. Manapiare.
As far as the care is concerned, this fish shows its most beautiful colours in soft, slightly acidic water with a dark bottom, subdued lighting and much vegetation. The species is frightful, so it is best to care for it in the company of other calm, less frightened fish. Like all Mesonauta species, it grows to about 15 cm and is an open-breeder with a parent family. Our animals are German bred.
For our customers: the animals even code 683413 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer