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Balzanii Argentine Humphead (Geophagus balzanii) is an interesting species to keep. They are a relatively peaceful tropical cichlid species although males can become increasingly intolerant of other males in their territories as they mature. They are known from the South America and generally found in groups of individuals with a higher concentration of females to males. You could always find interesting Live Fish, Aquarium Plants and Aquarium supplies  in Coburg Auqarium online store.

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Features of Balzanii Argentine Humphead:

  • They belong to subfamily of  neotropical Cichlids named Geophaginae
  • After spawning the female will pick up the eggs in her mouth in a form of delayed mouthbrooding
  • The male develops a large forehead bump when mature. 
  • Vertical transverse bands, and beautiful iridescent coloured scales from green to blue
  • Sifting through the substrate in searching food
  • The average lifespan is 5-8 years

Balzanii Argentine Humphead: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Balzanii Argentine Humphead:

200L is the minimum tank size you should consider.  Depending on group size, a larger tank may be needed. Browse Aquarium Tank Selection here.

Tank Mate Compatibility:

Balzanii Argentine Humphead love living in a group. They are generally peaceful and can keep together with calm species such as armored catfish or other cichlids from the Geophagus group, such as:

Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish 

Balzanii Argentine Humphead Fish Food:

In the aquarium they can be fed a varied diet of good quality pellets, flakes, insects, krill, and artemia. Cichlid Fish Food can be :


Balzanii Argentine Humphead Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

They do fine with moderate water movement and strong efficient filtration. It is better to use an external filter such as a hang-on-the-back type or a canister filter. Here are some great brands to consider:

Aquatic Plants

Balzanii Argentine Humpheads have digging behavior. So live aquarium plants that attach to driftwood and rocks, or potted plants are recommended, like Anubias on Driftwood, Aquarium Plants in pot. Check our Live Aquarium Plants here.


To mimic Balzanii Argentine Humphead's nature inbaitate. Rocks, Tree Roots, Driftwood,  Pipe, and even clay pots are all good choices. Ornaments for your tank:


Sand are ideal substrates. A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Additional Information

Fish Keeping Snapshot :

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums. Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.