Geophagus ID, once and once again

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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Piotr Koba » Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:27 pm

Just wondering... might be my water parameters (pH 7.5, gh 14) a reason that stops them from breeding? They seem to be adult enough to spawn, and nothing happens. I'm not frustrated (yet), but I've seen many Geo species that have spawned at 10cm TL. And they are 12-15cm.
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Piotr Koba » Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:53 pm

Some male's displaying. Females seem to be not interested yet.
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Piotr Koba » Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:21 am

I'm still waiting for their first successful spawn, need to lower the pH and hardness (no time for that lately), but several interesting things have happened in the tank recently. Now I have three dominant males in the tank, two of them displaying to the same female all the time. One of them has been buliding quite large crater sticked to the piece of wood - reminds me of technique that is used by some Rift cichlids! Never expected something like that from Geophagus.
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The third male turned out to be territorial just a couple of days ago, it rarely attacks other two males as his territory is hidden behind the largest piece of bogwood.
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1-first territorial male, 2- second, with the largest crater, 3-the "newest" territorial, maintains his home in quite dark place, while he is the most colorful fish in the tank:
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also displays (sometimes) to the smallest female:
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while two others fight for the biggest female favors
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I've got a little bit bored with them during winter months, but now I'm really enjoying these fish! :D
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby afraone » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:22 pm

nice looking fish
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Alex Odesit » Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:57 pm

Piotr,
Nice fish and I like the tank set up, neat and plenty swimming space.
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Piotr Koba » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:01 am

Thank you. :)
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Michael Kwist » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:28 am

Very nice pictures Piotr! I hope for you that they will spawn soon! 8)
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Piotr Koba » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:40 pm

Thanks mate, I hope too! They're gonna get RO water change at last, maybe this would kick them to do the job 8)
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Piotr Koba » Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:06 pm

I think I've got 5m + 2f combination; not good at all. Males are quarreling all the time, which prevents any kind of breeding attempt. I assume I have to move three (or four? :? ) spare males out of the tank, in order to spawn them.
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Piotr Koba » Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:22 am

No big interest to the topic, but I'm not surprised :)

Anyway, I have given three males away, and I have two pairs left in the tank. The bigger male is still the boss, and recently interrupted smaller pair spawning, so that it didn't even started, actually. I thought I might add some additional cichlids (I know they may grow large, in sufficient space up to 35cm!) but a trio of subadult, smaller eartheaters could do the job (which means to encourage cf. altifrons to spawn). I don't know whether it's good idea, or not, that's why I am asking this question here.
My ideas are e.g. G. parnaibae/sp. Pindare, taeniopareius, winemilleri, or the most possible sp. Red Head Tapajos. To my knowledge all of those are small, active, and assertive cichlids, and getting small group of young adults won't be so costy as it is with more rarely encountered species.

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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Florent » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:29 am

G. winemilleri is a big species, just like G. altifrons
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby alleykat » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:04 pm

stunning!!

d*mn i will need to finish my studies and get a bigger tank:p
like your setup as well. aren't they shy when you walk in front?
my guianacara are often spooked when i walk past.
any luck on the spawns yet?

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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby Piotr Koba » Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:35 am

Unfortunately I have not them since 1,5 years, sorry. I've had way too small tank for those and probably my tap water is too hard as well.
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Re: Geophagus ID, once and once again

Postby jazzman1969 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:46 pm

These look like abalios to me... I have 4 , 2 males hitting 9 inches and they looked just like these when smaller. They are great fish, congrats.

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