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 Profiles South America Eartheaters Satanoperca acuticpes
Satanoperca acuticpes
Scientific Name: Satanoperca acuticpes
Pronunciation: s-tn--pr-k
Geo. Origin: Amazonia, South America
Habitat: Riverine
Diet: Omnivore
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Temperament: Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size: 8"
Temperature: 82°F
pH: 5 - 7
Water Hardness: Very Soft
Difficulty: 5
Photo Credit: Lee Newman
Satanoperca acuticpes is only rarely offered in the trade. It comes from the central Amazon region and so is found in both blackwater and whitewater environments. Because of the morphological differences between it and the other species of Satanoperca, particularly in terms of the mouth, it is likely a pelagic feeder and not a sifter, in the strict sense. Therefore, it needs to be fed frequent with relatively small, easily chewed items such as frozen brineshrimp and bloodworms. Crushed pellets may also work, but success has been documented using a gel diet consisting of frozen green peas and krill. Due to the specialized feeding requirements, it is best to house S. acuticpes with species that can be easily competed with. Avoid housing S. acuticeps with aggressive or otherwise more dominant species. In aquaria, adult males are about 30% larger than females. Satanoperca acuticeps is a substrate brooder that conceals the eggs with substrate and the larvae with woody debris.
 Profiles South America Eartheaters Satanoperca acuticpes
 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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