Biotodoma wavrini

Biotodoma wavrini is often called an earth eater but if you look at their fouraging they are actually not.

Description

Biotodoma wavrini

Biotodoma wavrini can reach a length of about 15 centimeters. There are several geographical variants such as: Cuao, Orinoco, San Antonio, Sibapo and Ventuari.

It is a peaceful, sometimes shy cichlid that can best be kept as a couple, they can sometimes be aggressive. To get a good couple you can best start with a group of young specimens, a good couple will form from the group.

Origin

Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela.

Aquarium

Biotodoma wavrini needs an aquarium of at least 150 centimeters wide. You can decorate the tank with plants, driftwood and rocks. Make sure to create some shelters. Use (filter) sand as a substrate. We recommend regular water changes to keep the water and fish healthy.

Water

Temperature: 26-30 Celsius
pH 6 – 6.5
GH 0 – 4

In nature fish have to deal with changing temperatures. Keeping the fish for prolonged time at their minimum or maximum suggested temperatures is not always best for the fish and can shorten their lifespan.

Food

You can feed Biotodoma wavrini with a wide range of foods like living or frozen foods like mosquito larvae, Daphnia, brine shrimp, cyclops etc. They will also take flakes and granules.

Breeding Biotodoma wavrini

Breeding Biotodoma wavrini is not easy. They deposit around 100 eggs in a breeding pit. The female protects and fans the eggs while the male protects the territory. After around ten days the fry can swim free. The fry are very small and can first be fed the smallest of food like infusoria. As they get bigger you can switch to newly hatched brine shrimp. It is a difficult fish to raise to adulthood.

Video

Author

Coby

Copyright images

Meksjoef – Amazoona.be
F. Ingemann Hansen – Akvariefotografen.com

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