Satanoperca jurupari
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Satanoperca jurupari

Common Names: Demon Fish
Earth Eater
Synonyms: Geophagus jurupari
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; Brazil, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Despite its large size, the Demon Fish is actually peaceful and will usually ignore its tankmates, but as with all cichlids, it is territorial while breeding. Therefore, the Demon Fish can be housed in a community tank as long as its tankmates are too large to be eaten.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed small fish, frozen blood worms, and cichlid pellets. Very fine gravel or sand is required as the Earth Eater burrows frequently. Plants are often uprooted. The water temperature must be kept constant as Earth Eaters can be sensitive to changes.
6.3 - 7
24°C - 26°C
75°F - 79°F
5 dH - 10 dH
Potential Size: Male: 24cm (9.4")
Female: 24cm (9.4")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Very difficult to determine. The male Earth Eater is usually slimmer than the female.
Breeding: Use a higher temperature of 28°C and a slightly acidic pH. Large, smooth, flat rocks should be placed in the middle of the tank. The eggs will be laid on this rock and will taken into the mouth of the female the next morning. At times the parents may swap the eggs between their mouths. The fry may retreat to their mother's mouth at night or when scared. A one-third dose of malawi cichlid salt can aid in inducind the Earth Eater to spawn.
Main Colours: Grey
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Flat
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Submitted By: Adam
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