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Geophagus Sveni is one of the popular freshwater fish in the aquarist community with its iridescent coloration and easygoing temperament. Geophagus are native cichlids in the middle-to-lower Amazon Basin, South America. In Coburg Aquarium online store, We stock a huge range of Live Cichlid Fish and Aquarium Products shipped to your door.

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 Sveni Cichlid:

  • They feature mild and vertical banding and iridescent scales on their flanks, ranging from gold-orange to blue-green
  • Have unique patterns on their operculum and various blue-green or orange-red marketing on their translucent fins
  • Geophagus Sveni can be somewhat aggressive to smaller species, and love sifting through the substrate in searching food
  • The average lifespan of a Geophagus Sveni Cichlid is 10 years 

Geophagus Sveni Cichlid: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Geophagus Sveni:

Geophagus Sveni do best in groups of 5 or more. 280L is the minimum tank size you should consider. it’s important to remember that they can reach up to 17cm. Depending on group size, a larger tank may be needed.Browse Aquarium Tank Selection here.

Tank Mate Compatibility:

Geophagus Svenis are generally peaceful and can compatible with other peaceful species enjoying similar water conditions. Tank mates could be:

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Geophagus Sveni Fish Food:

Natural omnivores, Geophagus Sveni Cichlids appreciate a diet with lots of variety. Cichlid Fish Foodcan be :


Geophagus Sveni Cichlid Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Geophagus Sveni can be a messy tank inhabitant, and they’ll need excellent filtration. Make sure the filter matches with your tank size. Here are some great brands to consider:

Aquatic Plants

Geophagus Sveni Cichlids have digging behavior, and may uproot plants. One possible solution is to keep rooted platns in pots or buy the aquarium plants that are on driftwoods : Anubias on Driftwood. Check our Live Aquarium Plants here.


Caves are one of the most important things you need in a tank with Geophagus Sveni Cichlids. Driftwood, flat rocks, Pipe, and even clay pots are all good choices. Ornaments for your tank:


Fine gravel is easy to move around and is safe enough for the fish to handle. A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium.

Additional Information

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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.