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The Red Horseface Cichlid (Geophagus Surinamensis )is tropical fish and known as “earth-eater”.  They are freshwater fish from South American. They are developing beautiful color patterns and extended finnage as they matrue. Their aquarium should have good filtration and the tank for Red Horseface Cichlid should be as large as possible. In Coburg Aquarium, we have a range of Live Fish, Aquarium plants and Aquarium Supplies for Sale.

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

Features of Red Horseface Cichlid:

  • Sliver base color, blue-greyish spotted face pattern and has a streamlined body shape
  • Pink to red color on their finnage, may have black marks on the body
  • Feed by picking up mouthfuls of sand to sift out food items
  • Easy to keep and are relatiely peaceful
  • The Red Horseface Cichlids average lifespan : 7 years


Red Horseface Cichlid: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Red Horseface Cichlid:

The Red Horseface Cichlid requires a large aquarium. The minimum tank size is 250L. It's always highly recommended to consider a larger aquarium if you plant to keep a group of fish.

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Red Horseface Cichlid Tank Mate Compatibility:

Red Horsefaces is a peaceful fish and can get along well with other calm cichlids enjoy similar water conditions.  But it's better to keep them in groups of 5 or 6. Possible tank mates you can consider are:

Red Horseface Cichlid Food :

Red Horseface cichlids will eat any high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted.  Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration. Some good commerical food brands for this fish:

You can s earch more Red Horseface Cichlid food in our  High Quality Fish Foods collections.

Red Horseface Cichlid Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Red Horseface cichlids need good filtration system to survive, so we advise that you get an efficient high powdered canister filter. Here are some great brands to consider:

Aquarium Heater

The aquarium should be heated, depending on your area’s climate. Install an aquarium heater if necessary. 

Aquatic Plants

Red Horseface Cichlid may occasonal eat the soft-leaved platns. It might not be compatible with the delicate platns. However, hardy plants like Anubias and java ferns, or live aquarium plants that attach to driftwood and rocks, or potted plants are recommended, like Anubias on DriftwoodAquarium Plants in pot. Check our Live Aquarium Plants here.

Aquarium Decorations

Plenty of refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations are recommended, the hiding spots make them feel more secure. Ideal Ornaments for your tank:

Aquarium Substrate

Sand are good substrate for them.

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.