Scientific name: Geophagus iporangensis Common name: N/A Family: Cichlidae Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 11 cm (3.15 - 4.33 inch) 0 14 Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7 Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 10°N (53.57 - 178.57ppm) 0°C 32°F 30°C 86°F Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F) The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning Where the species comes from: South America Temperament to its own species: peaceful Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful Usual place in the tank: Middle levels Food and feeding Although Geophagus iporangensis will accept dried food occasionally, they are primarily carnivores and as such require a meaty diet. Live or frozen foods are ideal, they will even accept small amounts of beef heart. Origin South America; Geophagus iporangensis are mainly found in the waterways of Brazil. Sexing Males are larger and display more colouration than the females. The males will also possess elongated dorsal and anal fins. Breeding Geophagus iporangensis are maternal mouth brooders and the eggs are fertilised inside the female’s mouth. The female will incubate for up to 2 weeks when free swimming fry are released. The fry can be fed on crushed flake or newly hatched brine shrimp. Lifespan The expected lifespan for Geophagus iporangensis is 8-10 years. Short description As these fish are substrate sifters there is no point adding live plants to the tank. Use subdued lighting, adding rocks or wood to provide hiding places. Keep the water flow low and high water quality is required with regular water changes. Pictures Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.