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The Red Hump Geophagus, scientifically known as Geophagus steindachneri, is a visually striking freshwater cichlid known for its distinctive red hump and fascinating behavior. A popular choice among cichlid enthusiasts, the Red Hump Geo adds vibrancy and character to aquariums.



  • Average Size: 8-10 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 12 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 75 gallons or larger


Temperament: The Red Hump Geophagus is generally peaceful, especially when kept in a spacious tank with appropriate hiding spots and territories. Like many cichlids, they may become more territorial during breeding. Keeping them in groups can help disperse aggression.


Unique Traits: Distinguished by the prominent red hump on its forehead, the Red Hump Geo stands out for its distinctive appearance. Its body is adorned with a combination of vibrant colors, creating an eye-catching display. This cichlid also exhibits interesting digging behavior.


Origin: Native to South America, the Red Hump Geophagus is found in river systems across Brazil and Venezuela.


Other Names:

  • Red Hump Eartheater
  • Red Hump Geo Cichlid


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: The Red Hump Geophagus is omnivorous, and its diet should include high-quality pellets, flakes, and a variety of live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and small crustaceans. A diet rich in protein helps enhance their coloration.


Characteristics and Looks: The Red Hump Geo is characterized by its striking red hump on the forehead, especially pronounced in mature individuals. The body features a mix of colors, including shades of blue, green, and yellow. Their finnage is typically elaborate, contributing to their overall beauty.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • gH (General Hardness): 5-15 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 3-10 dKH
  • Temperature: 75-82°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Red Hump Geo

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