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 Pearl Cichlid (Geophagus Braziliensis) 

 

The Pearl Cichlid, also known as Geophagus brasiliensis, is part of the diverse family of South American Cichlids, renowned for their substrate sifting behavior. Among these earth-eaters, the Brasiliensis stands out as an easy-to-care-for species, ideal for spacious aquariums alongside similarly sized hardy fish like Oscars and Plecostomus. With its eye-catching mother of pearl spots adorning its body and fins, larger Brasiliensis specimens make stunning display fish, growing up to 20-25cm for males and slightly smaller for females.

South America boasts over 225 recognized cichlid species, possibly even more, with a majority inhabiting the expansive Amazon River Basin. Additionally, these captivating fish are prevalent in Central America, where they are admired for their vibrant colors and spirited demeanor. Typically large in size, cichlids necessitate sizable tanks, given their territorial nature and propensity for aggression.

In aquarium setups for cichlids, providing ample hiding spots is crucial. This can include rock caves, large driftwood pieces, or even inverted flowerpots, catering to their natural digging behaviors. While some cichlids may disrupt substrate material and uproot plants, species like Angelfish, Discus, and the dwarf Apistogramma prefer densely planted environments.

Maintaining a water temperature between 24-28 degrees Celsius is optimal for cichlids, with slight adjustments upwards recommended for species like Discus. Their diet should be varied, comprising live and frozen foods alongside staple flakes. Larger specimens can even enjoy treats like earthworms, garden crickets, and kitchen leftovers.

 

  • Species: Geophagus brasiliensis
  • Common Name: Pearl Cichlid
  • 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: Un-sexed

Pearl Cichlid (Geophagus Braziliensis)

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