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Sven's Eartheater Cichlid (Geophagus sveni), Tank-Bred!

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The Sven's Eartheater Cichlid is another ultra-colurful and relatively small, peaceful cichlid that can be a major standout in the aquarium!

 

The Sven's Eartheater Cichlid (Geophagus sveni) is a very beautiful and surprisingly peaceful cichlid that is native to Brazil. It is regarded as one of the smaller and remarkably colorful "earth-eating" species. The entire Geophagus genus is known for its characteristic feeding behavior of scooping up mouthfuls of substrate, which it separates from any small invertebrate prey, and expelling the sifted substrate through its gills. 

 

The Sven's Eartheater Cichlid requires an aquarium with a soft, sandy substrate and plenty of refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. Gravel and other larger substrates can damage the gills and organs of this fish as it feeds. Due to its digging behavior and occasional appetite for soft-leaved plants, it might not be compatible with some more delicate plants. However, it is fine with more durable plants that can be attached to rocks and driftwood. This cichlid is generally compatible with other peaceful fish as long as it has plenty of open terrain. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning, but this species tends to thrive and show its best coloration in groups of 6 or more. Subdominant specimens are more prone to bullying in smaller groups. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Sven's Eartheater Cichlid, but more durable, larger shrimp and snails could possibly make good tankmates in a large enough aquarium  Schooling fish such as large tetras and Corydoras catfish are good tankmates, as are suckermouth catfish and other relatively peaceful cichlids such as severums, angelfish, and even discus. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether. 

 

Feeding is simple for the unfussy Sven's Eartheater Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration. Due to its unique feeding behavior, this fish requires food of smaller size than many other cichlids. Even as it reaches adult size, it should be fed foods comparable to the size of bloodworms and small to medium size grade dry foods. 

 

We are currently offering juvenile specimens of this incredible species which will mature to the striking adult coloration in a few months. We are also offering subadult specimens, which are already beginning to display this coloration.

 

What We Like About This Fish:

  • Beautiful coloration across the entire body in both males and females
  • Very active with fascinating feeding behavior
  • Hardy with plenty of personality
  • Possible to breed in the aquarium
  • Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank

RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:

  • Temperature:  76° - 84° F (24° - 29° C)
  • pH:  6.2 - 7.6
  • KH:  2 - 15 KH
  • Minimum tank size:  75+ gallons for a group of 5-8 adult specimens

CARE GUIDELINES:

  • Diet:  Omnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration.
  • Social behavior:  Gregarious. Males can be territorial when attempting to spawn and females are very protective of their eggs during spawning.
  • Origin:  Tank-bred, but indigenous to Brazil
  • Average adult size:  6.5 inches (16 - 17 cm)
  • Average purchase size:  1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm) for Juveniles,  3 - 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm) for Subadults

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    This colorful tetra is a true aquarium hobby classic!

    These little tetras are one of the more beautifully colored fish available in the freshwater aquarium hobby!  They have a silver body and feature a shimmering red/pink stripe throughout the middle of their body.  Their eye-catching coloration has made them one of the most popular fish for freshwater aquariums today.  They are great for beginners and experts alike, and they thrive in any well-established aquarium that meets their recommended water parameters.  These fish stay small, growing no larger than one to two inches, which makes them an excellent choice for small-sized tanks!

    Glowlight Tetras are very peaceful and make great additions to community aquariums.  However, they should only be kept in tanks with other non-aggressive fish that are similar in size.  They are a schooling fish, and their schools create a magnificent display of colors in motion that has to be seen to be believed!  These fish do best in densely planted aquariums with plenty of hiding places.  This can be achieved with rocks and caves, driftwood, and live plants (good ones include mosses or tall plants that will reach the middle level of the aquarium, such as green cabomba, moneywort, java ferns, etc.).  Since they are a schooling fish, they can really only thrive in groups, which is why we sell them in groups of 6 and 12.

    Glowlight Tetras spend most of their time within the middle and top levels of the aquarium.  These fish are not recommended for new tanks, as they may have problems in tanks that are not well-cycled.  It is important to acclimate Glowlight Tetras to a new tank slowly, because they can be sensitive to changes in water parameters.  They are known to be difficult to breed in captivity; the water conditions must be perfect for them to spawn.  Interestingly, the bright colors on these fish tend to become dimmer at night.  This is normal and does not indicate sickness or weakness in the tetras.

    What We Like About This Fish:

    Iridescent red stripe that add bright bursts of color to any aquarium set-up

    Its small size makes it an ideal candidate for the nano aquarium

    Safe with plants

    Completely peaceful

    Very hardy and adaptable

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    RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
    Temperature: 75° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
    pH: 5.5 - 7.5, but highly adaptable to many conditions
    KH: 4 - 10 dKH
    Minimum tank size: 10 gallons


    CARE GUIDELINES:
    Diet: Omnivorous. Will readily accept most fish flakes and pellets, as well as most small foods, including brine shrimp, daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.
    Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
    Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Rio Essequibo, Guyana
    Average adult size: 1.5 - 2 inches (3.8 - 5 cm)
    Average purchase size: 1/4 - 1 inch (0.6 - 2.5 cm)

    For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

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    Shipping Schedule for this service

    UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday
     

    Current Handling Time:

    1-9 business days

    Here at Aquatic Arts, we consider the welfare of the live animals we are shipping to be of the foremost importance. This process is much more involved than simply creating a shipping label and affixing it to a box. Depending on the order, it takes from 4 to 7 people to complete this process properly. We check the weather conditions here where they fly out of the Indianapolis UPS facility and the destination for each shipment. We start early each morning and go through a multi-step process to have the day's shipments prepared in time for the UPS pickup. The volume of orders in our system also affects the processing time. Therefore our stated handling time is 1-9 business days. 

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    Q: What are the ideal tank mates for Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Glowlight Tetras do best with other small, peaceful fish. Ideal tank mates include Neon Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras, Corydoras Catfish, and small livebearers like Guppies or Mollies.

    Q: How often should I feed Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Glowlight Tetras should be fed 1-2 times a day. Provide only as much food as they can consume in 2-3 minutes to avoid overfeeding and water quality issues.

    Q: What should I do if my Glowlight Tetras are not schooling?
    A: Ensure you have at least 6-12 Glowlight Tetras, as they are schooling fish and feel more secure in larger groups. Also, check if there are any stressors in the tank such as aggressive tank mates or poor water quality.

    Q: Can Glowlight Tetras live with shrimps and snails?
    A: Yes, Glowlight Tetras are generally safe with non-aggressive invertebrates like shrimps and snails. They add a nice dynamic to the aquarium and help with cleaning.

    Q: How can I tell the difference between male and female Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Males are usually slimmer and may have more intense coloring, especially during breeding times. Females tend to be rounder and slightly larger, particularly when carrying eggs.

    Q: What signs of illness should I watch for in Glowlight Tetras?
    A: Watch for changes in color, fin rot, spots, or unusual swimming behavior. Common illnesses include ich, fin rot, and swim bladder issues. Quarantine affected fish and treat the tank if necessary.

    Q: What lighting conditions do Glowlight Tetras prefer?
    A: Glowlight Tetras thrive in subdued lighting conditions, which mimic their natural habitat. Moderate lighting with plenty of plants for shade creates an ideal environment for them.

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