Guianacara geayi

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : French Guiana, North East Brasil
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min. length aquarium : 140 cm - 55"
During breeding time this fish is very aggressive and he defend his territory.  Outside that period they are rather calm.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots that make a lot of caves and hiding places.  You should leave enough free swimming space.  If you use plants, you should anchor them very well.  You should raise a group of unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen for breeding and other pairs should be removed. 

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is rather easy.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The first days the female cares for the fry and the male defends the territory.  After 11 days the young fishes are swimming free.  Now the male cares for them as well.  The parents do that for a long time.  You can raise the young with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jens Gottwald

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