Paulo José Alves wrote:Hi Alex
It´s frustrating like young festae are very similar to Urophthalmus. Nice fish,very red. Agressive.
All The Best
I had my share of disappointments back in 90's when few times during several month came home from various LFS believing that I bought true Red Terror, later realizing that it's not. But I finally learn my lesson (though it took a lot longer that it would today with all the info and pictures all over the Internet). Back than I only have books with very few pictures, one of the book actually had picture Urophthalmus called Festae.
Many generic and higher class LFS today still mistake these 2 fish, mostly for URO benefit, selling as a Festae for considerably more money.
Now days I can unmistakably see who is who, using various signs for distinction even for very young fish. Including the size of the eye spot in the upper portion of the tail fin base (with very rare exceptions, I saw Uro with similarly located and sized ocelatus spot). Y-bar formed between second and third vertical band in older Festae, and some more
. Using these method together it's hard to make a mistake.
Disclaimer for Bas: I like Mayan cichlid too, but in this particular time I want and like Festae alot more, ha ha ha