Red Terror (mesoheros festae)
The "Red Terror" is a common name often used for several species of cichlid fish, with one of the most notable being the Parachromis motaguensis. These cichlids are native to Central America, particularly Honduras and Costa Rica. They are known for their striking appearance, aggressive behavior, and territorial nature.
Red Terrors typically have vibrant red, orange, or yellow coloration, especially during breeding. They can grow relatively large, reaching sizes of up to 12 to 14 inches (30 to 35 cm) or even larger in captivity. Due to their territorial disposition, it's crucial to provide them with ample space and suitable hiding spots in the aquarium.
These cichlids are carnivorous and will accept a variety of meaty foods in their diet. Keeping Red Terrors requires a spacious aquarium with appropriate filtration and regular water changes. It's essential to be cautious when keeping them with other fish, as their aggressive nature can lead to conflicts in a community tank.