Red Head Rio Tapajos - Geophagus sp "Rio Tapojos

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Explore Exotic Beauty with the Red Head Rio Tapajos Cichlid (Geophagus sp. "Rio Tapajos"): A South American Jewel

Dive into the captivating world of the Red Head Rio Tapajos Cichlid (Geophagus sp. "Rio Tapajos"), a stunning freshwater fish native to the pristine waters of South America. Renowned for its vibrant coloration and distinctive head pattern, this species is a prized choice among aquarists aiming to create a visually captivating and harmonious aquatic environment.

Key Features:

1. Striking Color Variation: The Red Head Rio Tapajos Cichlid showcases a captivating blend of colors, from deep oranges and reds to subtle yellows, mimicking the hues of the South American landscape. Its coloration adds a dramatic and eye-catching element to your aquarium.

2. Unique Red Head Pattern: This particular cichlid is named for its distinct red head pattern, setting it apart from other Geophagus species. The red markings create a stunning contrast against its body, adding to its overall allure.

3. Size and Form: The Red Head Rio Tapajos Cichlid typically grows to an adult size of 6-8 inches (15-20 cm). Its elongated body and graceful movements make it a beautiful and visually striking addition to any tank.

4. Native to South America: Hailing from the Rio Tapajos in South America, these cichlids are naturally found in the clear, flowing waters of the Amazon River basin. Recreating their native environment in your aquarium enhances their health and vibrancy.

5. Peaceful Temperament: The Red Head Rio Tapajos Cichlid is known for its peaceful nature, making it an excellent choice for a community aquarium. They coexist harmoniously with a variety of peaceful fish, enhancing the tranquility of your aquatic setup.

Care Instructions:

  • Tank Size: Provide a spacious aquarium, preferably a 55-gallon tank or larger, to accommodate the adult size and social nature of the Red Head Rio Tapajos Cichlid.

  • Water Parameters: Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 75-82°F (24-28°C) and a neutral to slightly alkaline pH (6.5-7.5).

  • Diet: Offer a varied diet, including high-quality cichlid pellets, flakes, and occasional live or frozen foods to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their vibrant coloration.

  • Compatibility: The Red Head Rio Tapajos Cichlid thrives in a community aquarium with other non-aggressive fish species and is best kept in pairs or small groups.


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