Fine Spotted Eartheater (Satanoperca mapiritensis)


A stunning, large-growing and peaceful Cichlid found throughout much of the Orinoco basin and its surroundings in South America, the Fine Spot or Mapiritensis Eartheater is one of several species once commonly referred to as Geophagus jurupari but are now considered separate species. S. mapiritensis is easily recognized by the dense pattern of fine iridescent spots covering most of their gill plate and face and its collection locality. Like all eartheaters, they are adapted to ingest mouthfuls of fine sand substrate and sift out small food items like insect larvae and crustaceans. In the aquarium, they tend to do best in groups and will coexist with a variety of similarly peaceful cichlids or other fish species, and they are generally safe even with much smaller fish. These will do best in soft, warm water (pH 7.0 or below, temperatures of 80 ) and appreciate the addition of tannins to their water by way of botanicals like Indian Almond Leaves or similar.



Three Spot Eartheater (Satanoperca mapiritensis)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
Diet: Omnivore and micropredator, will accept most frozen and sinking prepared foods.
Adult Size: 12″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful towards conspecifics and tankmates

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.2 – 7.2
Temp:                     78-84F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm