Pearl Cichlid Tropical Fish Information

Geophagus brasiliensis
Pearl Cichlid
Behaviour Territorial
Typical size 18cm
Max size 25cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 120cm
Temp Min: 20℃ Max: 25℃
Feeding Flake, dried, frozen, live, meaty foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Pearl Cichlid Geophagus brasiliensis
  • Pearl Cichlid Geophagus brasiliensis - thumbnail
  • Pearl Cichlid Geophagus brasiliensis - thumbnail

Pearl Cichlid (Geophagus brasiliensis)

Pearl Cichlid Tropical Fish Learn all about the Pearl Cichlid's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Pearl Cichlid is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Pearl Cichlid is a handsome fish, but it is also territorial and prone to digging up substrate. Territorial behaivour is directed towards other individuals of the same or similar species but the fish can be mixed well with other robust fish of a similar size. Provide a few hiding spots and avoid using all but the most robust plant species. Occasional meaty foods will improve health.

Pearl Cichlid Facts

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Chromis brasiliensis, Chromys unimaculata, Acara gymnopoma, A. minuta, A. brasiliensis, Geophagus olfersi, G. tuberosus, G. bucephalus, G. labiatus, G. obscura, G. pygmaeus, G. rhabdotus, G. scymnophilus | Other names Pearl Eartheater, Pearlscale, Mother of Pearl | Origin South America; Eastern Brazil | Breeding Egg layer; eggs are laid on pre-cleaned rocks in shaded areas. Parents care for eggs and fry | Natural Water Conditions pH 6.5-7, soft to medium | Natural Habitat Coastal rivers, standing water and brackish water. Rocky areas | Sexing Males may have a longer dorsal fin; difficult to sex



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