Common Name: Orange/Red Head Tapajos
Origin: South America, Rio Parnaiba drainage in Brazil.
Max Size: 6”
Temperature: 76 to 84 Degrees
PH Level: 5.5 to 6.5
Temperament: Semi Aggressive
Care Level: Easy
Note: The Tapajos Red head, is a beautiful and relatively peaceful species that is considered a rare gem in the hobby.
Tapajos can only be found in the Rio Tapajos within the Amazon River basin of South America.
Tapajos prefer warm, soft, acidic, and clean water as well as areas of low or subdued lighting where they can sift around for snacks. Tapajos prefer to live in groups and are relatively peaceful Cichlids that have been successful in a community environment, but are more commonly kept in species or biotope-specific aquariums (or housed with other Cichlids). Tank mates should be considered carefully and should be comparable in size.
The Tapajos is an omnivore that generally feeds from the bottom of the aquarium (but will surface for frozen bloodworms) and should be fed a variety of foods, such as live, prepared, frozen or freeze-dried: brine shrimp, bloodworms, blackworms, krill, flake food, and soft, sinking, Cichlid pellets.
Tapajos are brood caring, mouth brooders and breeding them is not too difficult.