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The Red Terror, also known as Festae Cichlid and Harlequin Cichlid, is one of the most attractive of the large American Cichlids. These freshwater fish are native to southern Mexico and Norther Central America. Red terror cichlids can be extremely violent and aggressive and can harm their tankmates, which is why caring for this fish can be tricky. The mature males are predominantly green and mature females become brick-red. An excellent fish for anyone who loves large powerful fish. Buy Live Fish online with Coburg Aquarium in Australia

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Features of Red Terror Cichlid:

  • The mature males are predominantly green and mature females become brick-red. Both male and female have stripes and spots that run down the length of their body
  • Mature male Red terrors have a more pronounced hump than the mature
  • They are hard to breed due to pairing problems - they will select their own partner
  • The Red Terror Cichlids average lifespan : 12-20 years


Red Terror Cichlid: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Red Terror Cichlid:

It is recommened to use the biggest tank you can possibly manage. Because red terrors may grow to tremendous sizes, a tank capacity of 600L for one fish is recommended.

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Red Terror Cichlid Tank Mate Compatibility:

Very territorial and can sometimes be downright aggressive. Only house with similarly sized, similarly aggressive, robust fish. Anything which the red terror can fit in its large mouth will be seen as food. Possible tank mates you can consider are:

Red Terror Cichlid Food :

Great diet ideas include feeder fish, commerical food, bloodworms, brine shrimp, and crickets. Some good commerical food brands for this fish:

You can search more Red Terror Cichlid food in our High Quality Fish Foods collections.

Red Terror Cichlid Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Red terrors are very sensitive to water conditions, so you will need a powerful canister filter or biological filter. And they also enjoy a strong flow of water, you add a pump into their tanks. Here are some great brands to consider:

Power head Brands:

Aquarium Heater

The aquarium should be heated, depending on your area’s climate. Install an aquarium heater if necessary.

Aquatic Plants

Red Terror Cichlid love to dig up the plants. Fill your tank with hardy plants like Anubias and java ferns. Or live aquarium plants that attach to driftwood and rocks, or potted plants are recommended, like Anubias on Driftwood, Aquarium Plants in pot. Check our Live Aquarium Plants here.

Aquarium Decorations

You can scatter rocks and gravel at the bottom of the tank to give them nice hiding spots. You can also use upturned flowerpots to decorate your tank. Ideal Ornaments for your tank:

Aquarium Substrate

Sand and fine gravel are good ones for them.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Additional Information

Fish Keeping Snapshot :

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums. Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.