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Red-humped Eartheater Geophagus hondae Geophagus steindachneri

Category: Cichlids - South American - Geophagines

Size: 6-7cm

Price: £12.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 7 in stock

Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Diet: Adaptable

Care Level: Difficult

Schooling Fish: No

Sociability: Peaceful

Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Neutral
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 6-7cm

Geophagus steindachneri (Red-humped Eartheater, Geophagus hondae)

Not necessarily a beautiful fish, but popular among aquarists for many years thanks to its vibrant colours and the huge red hump mature males develop on their foreheads. Males tend to be more brightly coloured than the females.

Otherwise the fish is yellowy-green with yellow and blue spots on the flanks and fins. Males tend to be a little larger than the females.

For many years this species was known as Geophagus hondae, and may still be encountered under this name in some shops.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

As with all geophagine cichlids, water quality needs to be consistently good for long term success. Nitrate in particular must be monitored, and ideally kept at below 20 mg/l; higher levels seems to stress the fish and make it more susceptible to diseases such as Hole-in-the-Head.

Quite a peaceful cichlid well suited to community tanks alongside midwater barbs and characins, angelfish, Corydoras, and plecs. Do not combine with aggressive or nippy fish.

As a typical eartheating cichlid, this species needs to be kept in a tank with a sandy substrate. Any non-calcareous sand will do, but silver sand (smooth silica sand) is ideal. Since plants will be uprooted, use either plastic plants or epiphytes attached to wood or rocks (Java fern, Anubias, etc.). Take care to ensure the filter isn't quickly clogged with sand.

Breeding behaviour in this species is distinctive. Males are polygynous and aggressive towards conspecifics (and potentially other similar-looking cichlids). Females are peaceful. The females lay batches of eggs onto the ground and then picks them up with her mouth. The male then fertilises the eggs. This is repeated until all the eggs have been laid and then fertilised. The female incubates the eggs alone, and the male should be removed at this point. Mouthbrooding lasts about two weeks, and as soon as the fry are free swimming they will accept brine shrimp nauplii and finely powdered flake food. The mother will still mouthbrood fry for a few days after this, but it is best to let her begin to feed at this stage since she will not have eaten while incubating the eggs.

Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South America: Colombia and Venezuela
Temperature 24-26 C
Size Supposedly up to 20 cm in the wild; in aquaria males up to 15 cm, females around 10 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5