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Dwarf eartheaters
May 26, 2012
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roycarballo
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Question:
Besides the Biotodomas (Cupid and wavrini), the Gymnogeophagus altispinus, and  Guyanacara, there is some other variety of eartheaters cichlids no higher than 12 cm?

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May 28, 2012
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Not familiar with Gymnogeophagus altispinus, do you mean Mikrogeophagus altispinosus?

 

If you don't mind keeping a West African cichlids, Chromidotilapia guntheri acts a lot a Geophagus sifting through sand all day. It's also interesting as it is a paternal mouthbrooder. Also a very attractive fish that stays around 12 cm.

 

Biotoecus sp. are real dwarf sand sifters and only get around 5 cm. They can be tricky to keep however.

 

Even the Pelvicachromis types do a lot of earth eating, but again, if you want to stick to South American cichlids, you're out of luck.

 

There are a lot more earth eating cichlids out there, just not many that stay under 12 cm. I see you are in Costa Rica. I do research on cichlids there and have spent a lot of time in the rivers. Some of the best fish to watch eartheat are Astatheros species, notably, Astatheros rostratus and Astatheros altifrons

 

Hope that helps!

June 23, 2012
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roycarballo said
Besides […] the Gymnogeophagus altispinus […], there is some other variety of eartheaters cichlids no higher than 12 cm?

Mikrogeophagus ramirezi is another one to consider, if you are thinking about Mikrogeophagus altispinosus

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Apistogramma steindachneri can do a pretty good impression of an eartheater when given a sand substrate. The smaller Gymnogeophagus (such as rhabdotus) tend to stay manageable.

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