Earth Eater (Satanoperca jurupari)

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Earth Eater

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Earth Eater

Satanoperca jurupari

170 Litres (45 US G.)

18-19.1cm (7.1-7.5 ")




6.3 - 7.4

24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)

5-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years



Additional names

Earth Eater, Demon Eartheater, Demon Fish, Green Horse Face

Additional scientific names

Geophagus jurupari, Satanoperca jurapari

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It is not easy to visually sex this fish. Mature males are usually slimmer than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful Cichlid, except if it decides to spawn. Should be kept with similar-sized robust, yet peaceful, fish. Smaller fish may be eaten or hurt if this fish does decide to breed.

Diet[edit | edit source]

An omnivore that will accept most foods including high quality cichlid pellets, bloodworms, brine shrimp, ghost shrimp and may accept occasional blanched vegetables.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide this fish with a spacious mature tank. it is not planted tank safe as it will dig and uproot plants. Substrate should be sand or small gravel and any large pieces of decor must be secure on the base of the tank so they are not dislodged if the fish digs nearby.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful primarily mid to bottom dwelling Cichlids that dig in the substrate. Will be come territorial and defensive if a pair decide to breed.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A pale coloured Cichlid with a large sloping head with the mouth located at the bottom of the head while the eyes are near the top. It is mostly yellow-grey in colour with hints of green and blue in certain lights. Fins are mostly translucent with traces of iridescence.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Eartheater Spawning Activity:

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