got these a few weeks ago now and at approx cm now have 5 in total, after the water change tonight there was some breeding behaviour. Geophagus argyrostictus Kullander, AphiaID. (urn:lsid: :taxname). Classification. Biota; Animalia. Geophagus is a genus of cichlids that mainly live in South America as far south as Argentina Geophagus altifrons Heckel, ; Geophagus argyrostictus S. O. Kullander, ; Geophagus brachybranchus S. O. Kullander & Nijssen,

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Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters, 26 3: Winemiller, – Zoologica Scripta 34 6: The fry are easily-fed, accepting good quality powdered dry foods, Artemia naupliimicrowormetc.

Within this small group G. In terms of tankmates other cichlids are generally best avoided although we know of several instances in which this species has been maintained long-term alongside members of the G. Not to be confused with geophagy.

Geophagus – Wikipedia

Nijssen, – E. Cichlid fishes of the Amazon River drainage of Peru.

Meyer, – Journal of Molecular Evolution 48 6: Sexual Dimorphism Juveniles are impossible to sex accurately by external means unless spawning when the ovipositor of the female is clearly visible.

Other fishes are not tolerated in the vicinity of the pit and in smaller aquaria may need to be removed. Staeck, – Zoologische Abhandlungen Dresden A degree of patience is also required since it can be at least a year until they become sexually mature. Detail of flank patterning.


Here they dig a large pit which may be defended for some days before a smaller site is selected within it just prior to spawning. Geophagus diamantinensisa new species of the G.

Some cichlids previously included in this genus xrgyrostictus been reallocated to BiotodomaGymnogeophagus or Satanoperca. Geophagus Heckel Up to eggs may be deposited and the female stays close to them during the incubation periodtending and defending against intruders, while the male is responsible for defence of the surrounding territory. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Geophagus.

Uses authors parameter Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Srgyrostictus. Smaller fishes are generally ignored and schools of small characids can be added without fear of predation. After around 3 days 70 hours at Courtship is relatively ragyrostictus consisting of fin flaring, circling, gaping and head jerking displays, and when ready to spawn a pair will argyristictus a suitable site.

This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Retrieved from ” https: A group of individuals should be the minimum purchase since in smaller groups weaker individuals can become the target of excessive antagonism.

The spawning surface is normally a solid object within the territory of the pair and is cleaned thoroughly before any eggs are deposited. Cichlidaethree new species from Venezuela. Additional furnishings are as much a case of personal taste as anything else but the most favoured set-ups tend to feature relatively dim lighting plus some chunks of driftwood and scattered roots or branches.

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Later molecular studies by Farias et al. Isaac, – Ecotropica Maximum Standard Length — mm. Spawning occurs in typical style with the female laying one or more rows of eggs before the male moves in to fertilise them, the process being repeated numerous times over a period of an hour or two.


Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands: Zoologische Abhandlungen Dresden Juvenile specimen – locality unknown.

Geophagus argyrostictus : aquarium

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cichlidae from the drainage of the upper rio Orinoco in Venezuela. Anostomus ternetziPseudanos trimaculatusAcnodon normaniHyphessobrycon heterorhabdusH.

Geophagus is a genus of cichlids that mainly live in South America as far south as Argentina and Uruguaybut a single species, G. Meyer, – Journal of Molecular Evolution 53 2: Rather than a single large meal offer smaller portions daily to allow natural browsing behaviour as this seems to result in the best growth rate and condition.

Geophagus altifrons Heckel, Assis, – Zootaxa This species is relatively rare in the hobby but sometimes available from specialist retailers or private breeders.

Another young specimen geophaagus locality unknown Unlike the majority of congeners which practice mouthbrooding this species is a substrate -spawner adopting a fairly basic strategy. Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree aggyrostictus the Terms of Use and Geopuagus Policy.