An oval shaped fish with a tiny mouth. The body coloring is generally light gray to brown on the upper flanks.
They are part of a group popularly known as eartheaters.
Gymnogeophagus balzanii. Like all mouthbrooding species from uruguay g. American biotope with open space some rock work driftwood bogwood and live plants. Gymnogeophagus balzanii common name.
Gymnogeophagus balzanii average adult fish size. Geophagus balzanii physical description. There are currently 18 recognized species in this genus.
South america captive bred or wild. The males present a huge adipose nuchal hump and bright colors during their. Gymnogeophagus is a genus of cichlid fishes from south america where they are known from various river basins notably rio de la plata and lagoa dos patos mirim in southern brazil paraguay uruguay and northern argentina.
Flake or pellet frozen and live food compatibility. This fish can get to eight inches in total length in the wild. 5 inches 12 cm place of origin.
Males develop an enormous hump on their forehead that extends from the front of the base of the dorsal fin to the lips. Gymnogeophagus balzanii paraguay eartheater classification. Paraguay eartheater scientific name.
Gymnogeophagus cyanopterus de miranda ribeiro 1918 with type locality at itaqui rio uruguay estado do rio grande do sul brazil. Substrate should be fine to medium grade as they like to sift through it. The belly and the lower flanks are.
Gymnogeophagus balzanii is not evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species. Neutral medium hard water ph around 7 0 8 13 dgh at a temperature between 78 82 f. America typical tank setup.
Sexing edit edit source males are larger and more colourful than females they also display a large nuchal hump once they are mature. However after spawning the female will pick up the eggs in her mouth in a form of delayed mouth brooding. Large tetras peaceful south american cichlids catfish.
The largest growing gymno is present in northwest uruguay in the río uruguay and some of its northern tributaries. Gymnogeophagus balzanii form monogamous mating pairs and like many south american cichlid species are initially substrate spawner s. Balzanii show extreme sexual dimorphism.
After identifying a suitable location the pair will clear out a small pit in the substrate in which to. They are a very tall bodied species. It s also known from the rio uruguay uruguay.
Balzani s earth eater argentine humphead paraguay mouthbrooder paraguay eartheater balzanii additional scientific names geophagus balzanii. Tank compatibility edit edit source. Various drainages of the rio paraná basin in brazil paraguay and argentina.
Peaceful region of origin. Their natural water conditions are 72 79 f. These fish originally come from paraguay.