Geophagus crassilabris – Panamanian Eartheater
Geophagus crassilabris – Panamanian Eartheater is a tolerant species that can be kept in a group. They are not very territorial. The aquarium should have a sandy substrate. The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and some well anchored plants. They dig in the substrate looking for food.
This species was first described by Steindachner in 1876.
Panama, they inhabit both the Atlantic and Pacific slopes.
They will need an aquarium of at least 140 centimeters in length. Use sand as a substrate as they sift through the sand looking for food. You can decorate the aquarium with rocks, driftwoord and some well anchored hardy plants. Change the water regularly to keep them healthy.
Temperature: 25-30 Celsius.
They are omnivorous. They will take live and frozen foods. Flakes, granules and cichlid sticks will be eaten as well.
This is a rather tolerant species that should be kept in a group. They should do well when combined with species like Pterophyllum, Apistogramma, Cryptohero nanoluteus, Corydoras, Lorricaridae and other catfish.
Breeding Geophagus crassilabris – Panamanian Eartheater
About breeding in the aquarium not much is known yet. After the eggs are laid and fertilized they are taken in the mouth by the female immediately. The male does not care for the fry at all.
Coby – Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie