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Very nice 'Red-horseface' type, Geophagus Rio Branco is a tropical freshwater fish, orginated from South America. This species tend to inbahit in a well planted aquarium with substrates of sand, fine gravel.  Requires very good filtration.

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Features of Geophagus Rio Branco Cichlid:

  • Black mark on the boby, bright red scales on fins, and iridescent scales on their flanks
  • Like other Geophagus species, the Rio Branco love sifting through the substrate in searching food
  • They prefer to live in groups and are relatively peaceful cichlids
  • The average lifespan of a Geophagus Rio Branco Cichlid is 8 years 

Geophagus Rio Branco Cichlid: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Geophagus Rio Branco:

Geophagus Rio Branco do best in groups of 5 or more. 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:

Geophagus Rio Branco do best in groups of 5 or more. They are generally peaceful and can also compatible with other peaceful species enjoying similar water conditions. Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish 

Geophagus Rio Branco Fish Food:

Natural omnivores, Geophagus Rio Branco Cichlids appreciate a diet with lots of variety. Cichlid Fish Food can be :


Geophagus Rio Branco Cichlid Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Excellent filtration is essential for the Cichlid tank. The best filtration set up is a combination of external canister filters and/or a sump system. Here are some great brands to consider:

Aquatic Plants

Geophagus Rio Branco Cichlids 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 Geophagus Rio Branco's nature inbaitate. Rocks, Tree Roots, Driftwood,  Pipe, and even clay pots are all good choices. Ornaments for your tank:


Fine gravel and 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.