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Geophagus surinamensis

Red Striped Eartheater

Red Striped Eartheater

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Remarks:  The red striped eartheater is a rare, close relative of Geophagus sveni and looks very similar to them as well as a number of other species of Geophagus. This has resulted in them frequently getting misconstrued with one another. According to taxonomic literature, adult specimens can be identified by having four, faint, vertical, parallel bars on the body when stressed or deceased. Hobbyists have also claimed they can be identified by these fish having stripes rather than spots in their caudal fin, no dark markings on the head, and the black spot on the lateral line always being present even if just faintly. Similar to G. sveni, the red striped eartheater is a slow grower but makes it worth the wait in the end. As an adult and if in the right conditions, they display bright blue and red horizontal stripes across their bodies accented by a golden sheen. This combined with the elegant streamers the males develop results in an absolutely beautiful looking fish.

  Like all Geophagus, red striped eartheaters require a sandy substrate 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. Also like their close relatives, these fish do best in groups of 4 or more but can also do well in single male and female pairs. Due to their large size, adult red striped eartheaters should be kept in an aquarium that is at least 90 gallons if kept as a single, breeding pair, but 125 gallons or more is needed if they are to be kept with other fish. When spawning, they can become territorial as they are protective parents and they have a good chance of swallowing tank mates that can fit in their mouths so these behaviors should be taken into consideration when planning a tank for these wonderful fish.

  We imported these fish as Geophagus surinamensis but it is very rare to actually get the true species due to how uncommon they are and the fact they look similar to many other species of Geophagus when young and even as adults. Due to this, we do not feel it is right to guarantee these are for sure Geophagus surinamensis  at their current size. Therefore, there is NO GUARANTEE these are this exact species.

Animal Data

  • Native to: South America
  • Breeding: Wild-caught in Colombia
  • Max adult size: 10-11"
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Social behavior: Peaceful
  • Care skill: Intermediate

Tank Parameters

  • Temp range: 78°F - 84°F
  • pH range: 5.5 - 7.5
  • GH range: 20 ppm - 150 ppm
  • Min Tank Size: 90 gal

Shipping Info

We provide premium next day air shipping at affordable flat rates to minimize transit time for the health of the fish.

US East UPS Next Day Air $39.99
US Central UPS Next Day Air $49.99
US West UPS Next Day Air $59.99
Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska UPS 1-2 Day Air Starts at $89.99
Canada UPS 1-2 Day Air Starts at $89.99
Florida UPS Next Day Ground $19.99
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No overseas shipping

Minimum order for all shipping is $50 for mainland US, $100 elsewhere. Saturday delivery available for an extra $30. Shipping to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada is not flat rate and can be subject to additional fees based on location.

Important order and shipping info

Allow 2-4 business days to process and pack your order. You will receive a notification when it actually ships. Order cancellations are subject to a 10% restocking fee. Order changes cannot be made. However, if you wish to add to your order within 24 hours, you may place a second order with a request to combine the shipments. We will do our best to accommodate, however once an order is packaged and sealed it cannot be reopened.

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Will my fish look like the picture?

The majority of fish on our website will NOT look like their photos upon their unboxing. Fish change in appearance depending on many factors, including mood, age, gender, and social status. Fish will naturally lose color during shipping and may appear faded upon arrival. Pictures are used as examples only. Pictures may be of mature fish with full color or juvenile fish without color. We encourage you to research the species as much as possible prior to ordering in order to familiarize yourself with the various appearances they may take on. Many species have females that look drastically different to their male counterparts, and many juveniles will not have as much color (or different colors) as their adult forms. If you have questions about how the fish will look, please review their information and email us if you have any questions.

How do I know which fish can go together in my tank?

Research the product descriptions on our website and use Google search to help decide which fish can go together. PLEASE do your research and email us if you have any questions. Also, we have a very active Facebook group called Imperial Tropicals Fishkeepers where you can learn from knowledgable and experienced fishkeepers.

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We've been shipping live fish for over 50 years. we use specialized packaging and techniques to ensure their health. See how we do it.

How much does shipping cost?

We provide premium next day air shipping at affordable flat rates to minimize transit time for the health of the fish.

US East UPS Next Day Air $39.99
US Central UPS Next Day Air $49.99
US West UPS Next Day Air $59.99
Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska UPS 1-2 Day Air Starts at $89.99
Canada UPS 1-2 Day Air Starts at $89.99
Florida UPS Next Day Ground $19.99
Local pickup Select at checkout No charge
No overseas shipping

Minimum order for all shipping is $50 for mainland US, $100 elsewhere. Saturday delivery available for an extra $30. Shipping to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada is not flat rate and can be subject to additional fees based on location.

Important order and shipping info

Allow 2-4 business days to process and pack your order. You will receive a notification when it actually ships. Order cancellations are subject to a 10% restocking fee. Order changes cannot be made. However, if you wish to add to your order within 24 hours, you may place a second order with a request to combine the shipments. We will do our best to accommodate, however once an order is packaged and sealed it cannot be reopened.

Your order is covered by our Healthy & Happy Arrival Guarantee.

When will I get my order?

We need 2-4 days to select and pack your fish, you'll get a notification when it ships along with tracking info. It will arrive the next day or day after, depending on your location. See our Shipping Policy for full info.

What if my order is delayed? Will my fish be OK?

We ship hundreds of packages a week, and most are delivered without any issues thanks to our experienced team and premium air courier service. Our high-tech packaging is designed to sustain the animals a minimum of 2-3 days in the box, and in some cases longer, depending on the breed.

However, sometimes delays do occur. If this happens to your order, please document and contact us promptly following our inspection and documentation policies above in order to receive credit.

Can I change or cancel my order after it is placed?

Orders can be changed or cancelled within 24 hours, subject to a 10% restocking fee. Shipping is stressful for the animals and we cannot open boxes once they have been prepped and packed.

Can you hold my order until my tank is ready?

We can hold for a few days, but not beyond a week as inventory changes rapidly. Please only place your order when you know you will be ready to receive them.

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