Gymnogeophagus rhabdotus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : South Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min. length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
English names : Rainbow Eartheater, Stripefin Eartheater
Calm and peaceful fish that makes a territory.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots that make hiding places.  When you use plants for decoration you should anchor them very well because the fish digs a lot in the substrate.  The substrate should be sandy.

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

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 300 eggs are laid and fertilized.  Both parents care for the fry. The male defends the territory.  After 48 hours the eggs hatch.  The parents bring the larvae to a breeding pit.  After 5 days the young fishes are swimming free.  The first days feeding is a large problem, but after about 5 days you can give them baby brine shrimp.  The young fishes grow slowly.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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