Geophagus Red Head Tapajo in community tank ?

Islandvic

Member
Too make a long story short, I've always wanted to keep Geophagus Red Head Tapajos. An online breeder I like has some 2" and 3"-4" Tapajos currently available.

Has anyone kept them, or any other geophagus, in a community tank?

I wanted to know of anyone's experience with keeping geophagus, especially Tapajos, with community fish and if anyone has seen them eat their smaller tank mates.

I see them on YouTube kept with assorted corydoras and tetras, but long term are they going to eat their tank mates when full grown ?

I am considering getting 1-3 to put in our 65g community tank. I know it's not optimal for them to be in a 65g, but I don't think they would do well in our 75g that's stocked with CA/SA cichlids my friend gave me when he switched to SW.

If I got some Tapajos in the 2"-3" range now and kept them in the 65g community tank, I can slowly rehome some of the SA/CA cichlids in the 75g later on when the Tapajos get larger and move them over.


Of course I know every individual fish is different, and I won't be surprised if a Tapajo eats a neon tetra for example.


Your thoughts? chromedome52 , 86 ssinit , A201 , Demeter , FinalFins , jake37 , Littlebudda,

Please tag anyone else you may think could give some input,

Thanks!
 

A201

Member
Earth Eaters aren't readily available in my area, never kept one. A member on another forum kept a solo 11" male Geophagus as a solo wet pet, while others successfully kept smaller varieties together in groups, in large peaceful community tanks.
IMO, All varieties of Geo's look interesting & beautiful.
 

86 ssinit

Member
I had a pair of Geos years ago in a 55 community set up. There peaceful fish that sift through the gravel for food. They’re like big Cory’s. Mine got to about 6”. This was years ago and I think they were the only geos available. Don’t remember the name. But they never bothered any of the other fish. As they got bigger the colors really came out.
 

FinalFins

Member
I think you could house Red head tapajos in a 65 as a grow out but I think you will need to move them out ass they grow.
 
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