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Old 12-17-2018, 02:39 PM   #1
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Rojo the festae progression thread.

Day 1 vs 9 months later
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:34 PM   #2
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Rojo is a very nice looking female. You're doing a good job keeping her.
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Old 12-17-2018, 11:32 PM   #3
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You think it's a girl eh?

Alot of the times there are no bars and no black in the dorsal and other times it's like in the picture. Or if it's being aggro to me it goes super dark bars and all black dorsal.

I kinda been thinking a boy. But I guess time will tell.
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Old 12-18-2018, 06:01 AM   #4
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All the female Festae I've kept had the black coloration in the Dorsal fin. The males all were a gold & olive green color. It's been a while since I've kept Red Terrors, but here is a pic of my best female.
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:09 PM   #5
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Do all females color up even if no male is present or no other fish?

Females stay alot smaller, dang I kind of wanted a boy. Oh well I'm sure Rojo will be a stunner either way.
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:59 AM   #6
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The female Festae can color up without a male being present. My pictured dominant female stayed colored up a lot, but the other females in the tank always remained brown.
Your Red Terror has a good high bodied, thick build. I'm sure it will be an awsome fish.
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Old 12-22-2018, 05:09 PM   #7
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Seems like your probably right. I am thinking Rojo is actually female now too.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:09 AM   #8
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Today marks 1 year

Here she is.
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Can't believe its already been a year. She's really looking good.
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Old 03-22-2019, 11:19 AM   #10
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Yeah I know, time seems to fly by. She has been doing really well. Awesome personable fish!

Her colors are developing nicely too considering she is kept solo. Her size is a solid 6" which I believe to be fairly normal for a fish of this age.

Maybe 10-11" in another year?
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Rojo looks like a male to me. Nice fish. You're doing an awesome job with it's health.
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My female reached only 9" at the two year mark. Didn't grow much more after that.
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Updated photos of my beautiful festae

Here is some quick (poor quality) pics I took of Rojo just recently.
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Rojo is getting big & still looking good. How is her aggression level?
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Rojo is getting big & still looking good. How is her aggression level?
She is with a group of a dozen filament barbs. She definitely keep them away from her but hasn't touched a single one. Little charge and they move on.

She occasionally tried to bite my fingers at the glass but seems alot more interested in eating than anything else.

She loved her cave and spends a good amount of time defending that space.

Despite no other cichlids being with her she still displays nice coloration and dominant attitude.

She has got to be very close to 8 inches at this point. Been in my care since end of March 2018, so her growth seems on the higher end compared to what I have read online. No idea if that means she will be a big girl or not but so far it's looking that way.

The way our new house layout is and where I want her tank to be, the biggest tank size I can fit comfortably would be a 60x24x30 inch. I feel this will be a good size for life for her and the barbs.
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It's likely that Rojo is going to be really big. I agree that a five foot tank would be a great home for her. Might add four or five Y. Modesta Botia loaches to the tank for cleanup duty and for added interest. I keep a group of them in my highly aggressive African tank.
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Awesome colors!
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It's likely that Rojo is going to be really big. I agree that a five foot tank would be a great home for her. Might add four or five Y. Modesta Botia loaches to the tank for cleanup duty and for added interest. I keep a group of them in my highly aggressive African tank.
Why do you say that she will be really big? I figured her growth rate this far has been pretty normal.

Do you think she will be too big for a 5 x 2 for life? I was hoping that this tank size would be suitable.

With the school of filament barbs I feel as the tank is plenty active and stocked. I have no real desire to add more fish as I want to keep Rojo as the focus.
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