This is the most widely available species in the genus. One of the reasons may be its interesting breeding habits. Although it lacks the distinct body spots of the Three-spot Geophagus (S. daemon), S. jurupari makes up for it with its beautifully reflective scales. Males and females have similar coloration, but the body of the male is slimmer.
Other common name
- Geophagus jurupari
- Brazil and Guyana.
- Around 10in (25cm).
- Perhaps the most peaceful in the genus, except during breeding; active burrower.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Large, with adequate shelter and fine substratum. Plants should be protected by making base of stems inaccessible, and only robust types should be used. Water chemistry not critical, but well-filtered, soft to medium-hard, slightly acid to neutral water recommended. Temperature range: 72-79 F (22-26 C).
- A “delayed mouthbrooder,” the eggs being picked up by the female about one day after laying. From then on, mouthbrooding duties may be shared by both parents.