Geophagus parnaibae, Geophagus sp. Tapajos ‘Red head’
Max Size: 6″common 8″ uncommon
Temp: 76-84° F
The Tapajos Red Head is a beautiful & relatively peaceful species that is considered a rare gem in the aquarium hobby. They will add intense red coloration and a bit of bling to any aquarium.
Tapajos is only found in the Rio Tapajos in the Amazon River.
Tapajos will continuously sift through sand in search of food and burrow through substrates. They may nibble slightly on some live plants, but plants that are attached to driftwood like Anubias are recommended.
Tapajos prefer warm, soft, acidic, clean water as well as areas of low or subdued lighting where they can sift around for food.
Tapajos prefer to live in large groups and are relatively peaceful Cichlids that have been successful in a community environment, but are more commonly kept in species or biotope-specific aquariums (or housed with other Cichlids). Tank mates should be considered carefully and should be comparable in size. Shipped at about 2-3″. See pictures of Mature/Show specimens. These fish will color out nicely!