Species group: Cichlids
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Scientific name: Geophagus proximus
The Suriname Eartheater is a member of the Cichlid family which is native to tributaries in the Amazon River basin in South America. Geophagus proximus is a benthophagous fish, taking in mouthfuls of river bottom and sifting for worms, insect larvae and small crustaceans, and then expelling the non-edible material through its gills. The Suriname Eartheater is uncommon in the aquarium trade.
Is considered to be a peaceful Cichlid and is appropriate for peaceful community tanks. They do best if housed in groups of 5-8 individuals.
A 20-inch tank is sufficient to keep the Suriname Eartheater happy. Rocks and caves are essential for hiding and spawning. Water conditions can be slightly acidic. Corners of the tank can have large thick plants, but should be balanced out with open spaces for swimming and display. A soft sand-bed substrate is necessary.