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 Profiles South America Eartheaters Geophagus brokopondo
Geophagus brokopondo
Scientific Name: Geophagus brokopondo
Pronunciation: j--f-gs br-k-pn-d
Geo. Origin: Lake Brokopondo, Surinam
Habitat: Still or Slow-Moving Water with Root Tangles
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Monomorphic
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 6.5"
Temperature: 80°F
pH: < 7
Water Hardness: Soft
Difficulty: 4
Photo Credit: Tom Halvorsen
Geophagus brokopondo has been collected at several locations within Lake Bronkopondo, it is not known if it resides in nearby rivers. Since Lake Bronkopondo is a man-made lake, it reasons that it does. Wild specimens were mostly seen and captured over sandy bottoms, although they frequently escaped collecting nets by swimming into sunken roots and branches, as well as rocks (if they didn't just simply swim into deeper water). This makes collecting them in great numbers very difficult, and in a full day, one collector only managed to collect approximately 15 specimens. It appears that they grow larger in captivity than they do in the wild. The male on the picture is about 6" long. Wild specimens grow no larger than 5". Males are very aggressive to all tankmates. They should be kept in large tanks with lots of hiding places and preferably many females for each male.
 Profiles South America Eartheaters Geophagus brokopondo
 Key To Species Profile Terms
 Pronunciation: Refer to our Pronunciation Key for an explanation of the phonetic symbols.
 Habitat: This is the primary location where the cichlid is found and is a generalization. This does not
  mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
 Diet: Many cichlids specialize in eating one type of food; notwithstanding, some of these specialized
  feeders are flexible and can be opportunistic feeders.
 Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tankmates that
  are of a different species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to various factors,
  including aquarium size, tankmates of similar appearance, stocking levels, and order of introduction.
  There may even be some variability among individual specimens.
 Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall demeanor of a cichlid toward other tank-
  mates of the same species. Consider that there is variability in temperament due to such factors as
  aquarium size, stocking levels and order of introduction. There may even be some variability among
  individual specimens.
 Maximum Size: This is in regards to total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens.
  Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals
  due to various factors. Also consider that this is the typical maximum size and there are exceptional
  individuals that will exceed it.
 Difficulty: This measure is a relative value, comparing a single species against all other cichlids.
  This only accounts for maintanence in the aquarium and not breeding considerations.
  1 = easy and forgiving, 5 = extremely challenging.
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