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Remarks: Red Head Tapajos (Geophagus pyrocephalus) is a small, relatively peaceful cichlid from rio Tapajós river in Brazil. A sandy substrate is necessary due to their earth-eating habits. They sift mouthfuls of sand through their gills, pulling out bits of food to eat. Gravel presents a very high probability of choking or refusing to eat.
Like all Geophagus, they prefer to be kept in groups of 4+ but will be okay as a breeding pair. They get along well with larger tetras and most South American cichlids.
We have good news to announce! The Geophagus sp. Red Head Tapajos has finally been given a formal scientific name, and is now classified by science as Geophagus pyrocephalus. You can read more about by clicking on the link below and reading the article in the Reef To Rainforest Media published September 7th 2022.
Scientific Name: Geophagus pyrocephalus
Common Name: Red Head Tapajos
Max Size: 6"
Region of Origin: South America
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Compatibility: Large tetras, peaceful South American cichlids, catfish.
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