Geophagus pellegrini
 

79F
Explanation of the symbols

75F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Colombia, Panama
Length : 22 cm - 9"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English names : Colombian Eartheater, Humped Eartheater, Yellowhump Eartheater
This species digs in the substrate very much, so if you use plants for decoration it is wise to use hard plants and anchor them very well.  The substrate should be thick and sandy.  The aquarium should be set up with stones and driftwood.  Some flat stones for spawning are appreciated.  A territory is made.  You should keep one male together with several females. 

For the most part you should give them live food.  Frozen and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is not easy.  Up to 60 eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat stone.  Immediately after that the female takes the eggs in her mouth.  At a temperature of 28C (82F) the young fishes leave the moth of the mother after 12 days.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Bluegrass Aquatics


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