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Wild Geophagus

Took a quick video of the geophagus sveni and neambi tonight at feeding. The sveni are about 18 months old now and have developed their long, filament-like trailers on fins. The males have longer trailors and are larger/deeper bodied than females. The neambi are about a year old and still actively growing.

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Wow, those are beautiful! I really like the way the tank is laid out too!
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I have had geophagus sveni and they are totally beautiful fish and yours are gorgeous. No issues with them digging up plants? Where did you get yours? I would love to have another group.
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I have had geophagus sveni and they are totally beautiful fish and yours are gorgeous. No issues with them digging up plants? Where did you get yours? I would love to have another group.
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I got these from Jeff Rapps, I am so upset that he is no longer in business. I am still recovering ...
There are many plants that dont do well in a tank with geophagus. Its been a long process trying different plants that will work. Basically they need to be able to set roots down quickly and grow fast. They also need to be able to handle shifting sand at base of plant from sifting of geophagus.
Java ferns growing on driftwood work great. Plants that have done well are valisneria, crypt spiralis, ambula, ludwigia repens, amazon sword

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Beautiful tank and fish, nicely done on the aquascaping also.
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Beautiful tank and fish, nicely done on the aquascaping also.
Thanks @ deeda! Aquascaping is always difficult with eartheaters; but, so far so good with this set-up. Its always a balance of how much space they need to sift the substrate, what plants will grow at low-tech levels and the constant disruption of the fish, and what over-all look will be pleasing to me.

When I first set up this tank, many who had had geophagus told me plants would never work ( and many didn't) -- but finally found a mix of plants that would.

This forum has helped me immensely- with aquascaping and plant selection.


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Jeff went out of business

I wonder if you could pot the plants and bury the pots in the sand with geos? I guess having the base of the plant covered with sand could pose a problem?
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I wonder if you could pot the plants and bury the pots in the sand with geos? I guess having the base of the plant covered with sand could pose a problem?
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I think that could work- I dont see that it would be a problem.


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They are striking. Really good examples! Thanks for sharing the video!
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Havent updated pictures on geophagus.
I got a new phone and the pictures are a bit better than my usual ( somewhat).

Geophagus sveni and biotodoma cupidos



Geophagus sveni and neambi, biotodoma cupido's and wavirini, and Altum Angels



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Oh my goodness, those are beautiful! There's hardly a prettier fish to watch than one with scaly dots so bright, I might set something up if you spawn those, Amy!
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Oh my goodness, those are beautiful!
Thank you!


Those glittered blue scales are really something to see.
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Ha! I edited to say as much!
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Oh my goodness, those are beautiful! There's hardly a prettier fish to watch than one with scaly dots so bright, I might set something up if you spawn those, Amy!
They have spawned 2-3 times but I need to get the female out and take the fry from her mouth and raise them myself because they just end up getting eaten by all the other fish in tank. I just haven't done it yet. For one thing, its so hard for me to catch her-- she knows something is up.


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Been. There! (did tons of mbuna and such for a while) So frustrating, but you know the answer already!
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