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The Red Striped Eartheater Cichlid, scientifically known as Geophagus surinamensis, is a stunning and surprisingly peaceful cichlid native to Suriname. It is renowned for its vibrant colors and is considered one of the most colorful species among "earth-eating" cichlids. The Geophagus genus is known for its unique feeding behavior of scooping up mouthfuls of substrate, sifting out small invertebrate prey, and expelling the sifted substrate through its gills.

To thrive, the Red Striped Eartheater Cichlid requires an aquarium with a soft, sandy substrate and ample refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. Larger substrates like gravel can harm the fish's gills and organs as it feeds. While it may damage delicate plants due to its digging behavior, it is compatible with more durable plants that can be attached to rocks and driftwood. This species is generally peaceful but can become territorial during spawning. They thrive best in groups of 6 or more, reducing bullying among subdominant individuals. However, they should not be kept with dwarf shrimp or other delicate invertebrates, but larger, more robust species may make suitable tankmates in sufficiently large aquariums.

Feeding the Red Striped Eartheater Cichlid is straightforward, as they readily accept high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods. Variety in their diet is crucial for optimal health and coloration, and their unique feeding behavior requires food of smaller size compared to other cichlids, even as adults.


Species: Geophagus surinamensis
Common Name: Red Striped Eartheater, Red Horseface
Origin: Central and South America
Diet: Omnivorous
pH Range: 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature: Tropical, 22°C – 28°C
Breed Type: Mouth Brooder
Current Size: Approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 25cm)
Sex: Unsexed


Geophagus Surinamensis

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