Red Striped Earth Eater (Geophagus surinamensis)
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Red Striped Earth Eater
246 Litres (65 US G.)
14-15cm (5.5-5.9 ")
6.0 - 8.0
22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)
- Red Striped Earth Eater, Redstripe Eartheater
Additional scientific names
- Sparus surinamensis, Sparus trimaculatus
- Red Striped Earth Eaters are found in South America, primarily Saramacca and Suriname Rivers in Suriname; Marowijne River in Suriname and French Guiana.
- Mature males will have long pectoral fin extensions, females do not. If a pair bond they will breed in captivity, but do turn very territorial when spawning.
- A generally peaceful larger Cichlid which should not bother smaller fish. Keep with equally peaceful South American Cichlids and can also be kept with Tetras and Corydoras. Should not be kept with more territorial and aggressive fish such as Oscars as these fish will feel threatened and spend most of their time hiding.
- Feed varied sinking foods as these fish will only feed from the bottom of the tank. It should feature a lot of vegetable material as well as small invertebrates like daphnia or brine shrimp. High quality sinking Cichlid pellets are also beneficial.
- This fish sifts its food from the substrate, should be fed once or twice a day.
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