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Geophagus Steindachneri
Red Humped Eartheater
breeding notes

BREEDING: Males can be aggressive at times, especially during spawning, so it is wise to keep 2-3 females with a male. They are typical polygamous cichlids; one male maintains several females. As soon as the eggs are laid, they are taken up by the female. She is a mouth brooder, and the male plays no further part. Females with young and eggs are more aggressive than at other times, and are probably best left with no tankmates. The fry will be released after about 3 weeks of care in the safety of the mothers mouth.

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Would Geophagus Steindachneri be a good addition to a community tank?
  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Geophagus Steindachneri?
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Geophagus Steindachneri? If you are unsure please leave this question unanswered.
  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Geophagus Steindachneri to keep and breed?
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Geophagus Steindachneri?
  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful

Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Yes, a good community fish
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tankBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Almost all femalesBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Very sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: I had these Geos in a commuity 125 gallon tank. I noticed one female carrying, so I pulled the pair and moved them into a 40 gallon breeder tank. After about 3 weeks, I noticed about 20 fry. Within two days, I was down to 3 fry. About a month later, I noticed her not eating again, and figured she was holding. I was correct. About 3 weeks later, I noticed around 30 fry swimming under some rock formations. I sat back and watched the parents suck them out from under the rocks. I figured they were just protecting them, but they were actually eating them. The third time around; I waited 2 1/2 weeks, then netted the female out. When I netted her, she spit out most of the fry. I got to to spit out the rest, then I placed them back into the breeding tank WITHOUT the parents. All 46 fry are still alive one month later. The conclusion I reached, was to pull the parents, stirp the female of the fry, and put the fry back into the breeding tank. I am running a power head in the tank, with a sponge filter. The water temp is around 80 degrees. PH stays around 6.8 - 7.1
Date this record created: 2nd January 2009Breeding date: 2008
Breeder: thelawncareguys@msn.comLocation: USA

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