Red Striped Earth Eater (Geophagus surinamensis)

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Red Striped Earth Eater

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Red Striped Earth Eater

Geophagus surinamensis

Challenging

246.052 liters
246,051.766 mL
246.1 Litres (65 US G.)

5.906 in 14-15 cm (5.5-5.9")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 8.0

295.15 K
71.6 °F
531.27 °R
298.15 K
77 °F
536.67 °R
22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)

5-19 °d

1:1 M:F

Uncommon

5-10 years



Contents

Additional names

Red Striped Earth Eater, Redstripe Eartheater

Additional scientific names

Sparus surinamensis, Sparus trimaculatus


Origin

Red Striped Earth Eaters are found in South America, primarily Saramacca and Suriname Rivers in Suriname; Marowijne River in Suriname and French Guiana.[1]

Sexing

Mature males will have long pectoral fin extensions, females do not. If a pair bond they will breed in captivity, but do turn very territorial when spawning.

Tank compatibility

A generally peaceful larger Cichlid which should not bother smaller fish. Keep with equally peaceful South American Cichlids and can also be kept with Tetras and Corydoras. Should not be kept with more territorial and aggressive fish such as Oscars as these fish will feel threatened and spend most of their time hiding.

Diet

Feed varied sinking foods as these fish will only feed from the bottom of the tank. It should feature a lot of vegetable material as well as small invertebrates like daphnia or brine shrimp. High quality sinking Cichlid pellets are also beneficial.

Feeding regime

This fish sifts its food from the substrate, should be fed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Behaviour

Identification

Pictures

Videos

Mated pair:

References

  1. Fishbase (Mirrors: Icons-flag-us.png) Distribution

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