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Very nice 'Red-horseface' type, Geophagus Rio Tapojo is a tropical freshwater fish, orginated from South America. This species is a rare beauty among aquarium hobbyists, as it is only found in a limited region of the world. In Coburg Aquarium online store, We stock a huge range of Live Fish, Aquarium Plants and Aquarium supplies that you need for your aquairum.

 Please Note: Livestock and Live Plants cannot be shipped to WA and TAS due to State Restrictions. All other states are OK.

Features of Geophagus Rio Tapojo Cichlid:

  • Orange-red head, with a grey to green base, subtle vertical stripes, and gold to green iridescent scales
  • Male Geophagus Tapajos display more intense colors than females, are a little larger, and have longer fin extensions. The males also develop nuchal humps as they mature
  • Love sifting through the substrate in searching food
  • Prefer to live in groups
  • The average lifespan is 8 years 

Geophagus Rio Tapojo Cichlid: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Geophagus Rio Tapojo:

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 Tapojo love living in large groups. They are generally peaceful and can also compatible with most America cichlids, larger ters and catfish. Possible tank mates includes:

Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish 

Geophagus Rio Tapojo Fish Food:

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


Geophagus Rio Tapojo 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 Tapojo 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 Tapojo'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 :

Preferred Water Parameters :

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.