Red Striped Earth Eater (Geophagus surinamensis)

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Red Striped Earth Eater

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Red Striped Earth Eater

Geophagus surinamensis

246 Litres (65 US G.)

14-15cm (5.5-5.9 ")




6.0 - 8.0

22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)

5-19 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-10 years



Additional names

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.[1]


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.

Tank compatibility[edit]

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.

Feeding regime[edit]

This fish sifts its food from the substrate, should be fed once or twice a day.



Mated pair:


  1. Fishbase (Mirrors: Icons-flag-us.png) Distribution

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