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Medium sized cichlid, somewhat laterally compressed and with a large head and a big mouth. Basic colour is pinkish-green, with neat rows of red and green speckles running horizontally along the flanks. There are further speckles of colour on the fins. The eye is red. Males are larger and more brightly coloured than females, and can be expected to develop a "hump" on the front of the head when mature.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
A rare species in the hobby, with little known about its habits. Assumed to be comparable to other Geophagus, in which case this should be a relatively peaceful cichlids suitable for quiet community tanks alongside large tetras, armoured catfish, etc.
An eartheater, this fish will sift sand and fine gravel continuously while looking for food. Small invertebrates such as bloodworms, Daphnia, and tubifex worms are appreciated, but most other foods will be taken as well.
Not yet bred in aquaria. Closely related species are polygamous mouthbrooders, with the male running a harem of mouthbrooding females. In captivity, the male should be removed from the breeding tank to allow the female to raise the eggs and fry in peace.
|Family Group:||South and Central American Cichlids|
|Distribution||Suriname, South America|
|Size||Around 12 cm|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|
|Water PH||6.5 to 7.5|
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