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 Profiles South America Eartheaters 'Geophagus' pellegrini
'Geophagus' pellegrini
Scientific Name: 'Geophagus' pellegrini
Pronunciation: j--f-gs
Geo. Origin: Choc
Habitat: Riverine
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament: Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 10""
Temperature: 78 - 82°F
pH: 6 - 8
Water Hardness: Soft
Difficulty: 3
'G.' pellegrini tolerates a wide range of water conditions, including somewhat hard water. Currently, it is difficult if not impossible to find this majestic species in North American aquariums. Females remain 2" smaller than males. Sexually mature males show a red-orange color all over the body. Males also have a slight hump on the head. They are a very peaceful species and must be kept with tankmates that are peaceful as well. Breeding takes place in typical eartheater fashion. Females are ovophilous and brood for 12 days. After 12 days, the females will release her brood and take them back in her mouth for an additional 5 days.
 Profiles South America Eartheaters 'Geophagus' pellegrini
 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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