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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fish of the Week: Red Striped Eartheater


 
Type: Freshwater
 
A.K.A: Pearl Eartheater
 
Scientific Name: Geophagus surinamensis
 
Origin: South America
 
Temperment: This fish is on the more peaceful end of the cichlid scale. This fish does prefer to be in aquariums that have other fish of the same size. If it is kept in an aquarium with larger fish, it will hide more often and possibly get stressed out.
 
Lifespan: approx. 10 years
 
Aquarium Conditions:
-ph: 6.0 - 8.0
-Temp: 75 - 82°F
 
Aquarium Size: A minimum of 100 Gallons is required to house this species.
 
Fully Grown Size: 12 inches
 
Food: bloodworms, daphnia, brine shrimp, small crustaceans and live foods.
 
Breeding: Red Striped Eartheaters are egg layers and precautions should be taken during breeding as they can get aggressive. They are very protective of their young.
 
Sexing: The males have longer rays on their fins than the females.
 
Tank Mates:Other tank mates can include other redstriped eartheaters, other cichlids similar in behavior and water conditions.
 
Where To Purchase:
Geophagus surinamensis "Redstriped Eartheater" - Juvenile

 
Here is a video of the little guy in action:
 




Resources:
Resource 1 
Resource 2
 
Photos:
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