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A new and unique cichlid: Gymnogeophagus terrapurpura

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 18, 2016 09:00 AM
Gymnogeophagus terrapurpura is the newest described cichlid from Uruguay, featuring unique and some of the most beautiful pigmentation for the genus. It reminds us of an oversized blue ram cichlid.
A new and unique cichlid: Gymnogeophagus terrapurpura

Live coloration of a male Gymnogeophagus terrapurpura

As described in the open access Neotropical Ichthyology:

Gymnogeophagus terrapurpura has been found in a large variety of habitats including shallow lakes, floodplain lakes, rivers, and streams, mainly associated with cobble, sandy or muddy substrates. Gymnogeophagus terrapurpura is an omnivore, feeding on zooplankton, macroinvertebrates, and periphyton (to a lesser extent), reducing greatly its feeding activity during autumn and winter when water temperature decreases

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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