Geophagus brasiliensis

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : East Brasil
Length : 28 cm - 11"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English names : Pearl cichlid, Pearl Eartheater, Pearlscale Earth Eater
You should keep this species as a couple.  They are less aggressive than  other Geophagus.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots that make hiding places.  They dig a lot in the substrate.  If you want to use plants for decoration you have to anchor them very well.  A territory is made.

You should give them powerful live food.  Beef heart, fishmeat, frozen and dry food are eaten.

Breeding is not easy and is only successful with a good matching couple.  It is wise to start with a group of young animals and let them pair off.  600-800 eggs are laid and fertilized on a hidden substrate.  Both parents care for the fry very intensive.  The female cares for the eggs and the male defends the territory.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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