Geophagus surinamensis


Geophagus surinamensis
Suriname Eartheater
红珍珠关刀
The Geophagus surinamensis or by its common name Red striped earth eater can reach to about 20cm, due to its enormous size it should be kept in a 80 gallon or more. Their tank should contain woods, as a substrate it is recommended to use sand or very fine gravel, just like in their natural habitat. Well oxygenated water and good filtration system is essential for this fish. The Red striped earth eater digging the substrate all day long so uneaten food and dirt will float and damaged water quality.  Although when they are juveniles they colorless and even boring but when they reach the age of 1-1.5 they became spectaculars. The Red striped earth eater has long snout; it has a black blotch on its side and magnificent olive-green colors with colorful blue-green stripes on its sides, it also has colorful blue spots on its fins. Its name Geophagus came from Greek meaning eartheater. As the name implies, the earth eater will continually shift through the substrate in search of food. In the wild the Red striped earth eater found in pools and backwaters in the rivers they inhabit.

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