Gymnogeophagus gymnogenys

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : South Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina
Length : 25 cm - 10"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English names : Dark mother-of-pearl fish, Smooth-cheek eartheater, Squarehead Earth Eater
This fish should be kept as a pair.  A territory is made.  He digs a lot in the substrate, so if you use plants for decoration they should be hard and very well anchored.  The substrate should be sandy. 

You should give them powerful food such as beef heart and shrimp.  Dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is not easy.  30-60 eggs are laid and fertilized.  The female cares for the eggs and she hides them till they hatch two days later.  At that moment the female takes the larvae in her mouth for about 12 days.  After that the female digs a large pit and she releases the young in that pit.  You can raise the young fishes with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Andrew Fan

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