Other Redhump Eartheater Names:
Redhump Eartheater, Redhump Geophagus
Redhump Eartheater Scientific Name:
Geophagus steindachneri, Geophagus hondae, Geophagis hendai
Redhump Eartheater Temperament:
Species Type: South American Cichlids
Redhump Eartheater Adult Size: 6 inches (cm)
Redhump Eartheater Life Expectancy: 12 years
Redhump Eartheater Habitat: South American rivers
Redhump Eartheater Minimum Tank Size:
Generally peaceful for a cichlid, but males may become aggressive towards unreceptive females.
Redhump Eartheater Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - feed with flake or pellet foods.
Redhump Eartheater Description:
Geophagus steindachneri is a rarityŚ a mouthbrooding South American cichlid. Originally typed by Eigenmann and Hildebrand in 1910, it is native to the Rio Magdalena in Columbia and the Maracaibo basin in Venezuela.
Geophagus steindachneri's common name, the Red Humped Eartheater, is an apt description. Males of breeding age exhibit a reddish-hued nuchal (head) hump. Both males and females sift through the substrate frequently for food. Males get up to about 6 inches and female are somewhat smaller, topping out at about 5 inches.
Geophagus steindachneri exhibits fascinating behavior and is quite easy to breed. Geophagus steindachneri is not the most colorful fish, but it does have nice spangles of yellow and blue on the sides that are visible in the right light. I think it is an attractive fish and a offers a great "break" for the hobbyist who has bred a lot of African cichlids and is looking for something new.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other mildy aggressive South or Central American cichlids.
Redhump Eartheater Breeding & Spawning:
Male intices the female by opening his mouth and shaking his jaw. Use higher temperatures of 80-82░C. Geophagis Hendai is a mouth brooder. After breeding, separate the male from the female. The eggs are laid on carefully cleaned rocks and immediately taken into the mouth of the female. After this, do not offer food to the female until after the fry become visible as the eggs may be accidentally swallowed. Mating rituals can take up to 6 hours.
Determining Redhump Eartheater Sex:
Males have an orange patch at the corners of its mouth. Males are larger, more colourful, with elongaded fins and a defined red bump on the top of his head.
Redhump Eartheater Diseases:
This fish requires relatively pristine water quality to stay healthy
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