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    well the 150g im helping plan might end up with a peaceful earth eater. any ways, whats a good soft sand for them. since its a 150 the costs would really go threw the roof if i used an expensive sand. but i also dont want them getting hurt from the sand. i think bds would be too sharp. but would pfs be good?

    also do all these species like to be in a school? or is it only some (im doing reading on loads of different ones.) basically just searching peaceful geophagus and seeing what sticks XD
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    I believe pool filter sand would work. And yes from what I've read most species of larger earth eaters do indeed like being in schools.

    Do you have an species in mind atm?

    Would you like any recommendations? And if so, what are your requirements for size, temperament, and co-inhabitation with other species?
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    well as it stands im looking at the Geophagus altifrons. they are big enough to be considered big (by him) and from what ive read are nice and peaceful. from there i would like to stock the tank around them. thinking some bn plecos, an angel, senegalus bichir, densoni barbs, boeseman rainbows, and golden wonder killies. that being said i think there will be a good movement along the length and the height of the tank. since the tank is so deep, we planned on using only low light plants that can be anchored about the bottom any ways, javaferns, mosses and such. so there is no worry for digging them up. looking at a root system for the center of the tank and a few sturdy rock caves. or driftwood caves. the filter is a 55g sump we are designing our selves (using the tank hes upgrading from).

    basically he wants color, movement, peaceful, and different. since he has 40 yrs a keeping aquariums different is hard, but i know hes never kept most of those fish (denson barb, angel and bichir excluded.)
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    G. altifrons is a good choice. Large and has some color. Not too much. That sounds like a good stocking choice, just don't go too small for schooling fish or you might lose some ;D

    Just to give you options here are a few large geophagus that caught my eye.

    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...-brasiliensis/

    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...s-camopiensis/

    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...us-brokopondo/

    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/geophagus-neambi/

    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/biotodoma-wavrini/ <--One of my favorites.

    http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...us-pellegrini/
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    The brasiliensis and waverini are beautiful, they remind me 0f big rams. I w0uld think that the BDS w0uld be, well- f0r lack 0f a better w0rd, abrasive. Sounds like an attractive mix 0f fish y0u're g0ing f0r.
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    Where do they get the name "earth eater" from, a certain behavior?
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    The name earth eater is because they litterally sift sand for food in the wild.

    For the punch I would go with threadfins... Just my personal like. They have awesome finnage and are great fish. Also you will do fine with diamond grinding sand, play sand, PFS etc.

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    Play sand works very well (and much better IMHO) for the eartheaters since it is much finer than pool filter sand. You just have to rinse it to make sure there is no oil sheen.

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    would any of these fish work in just a pair, not sure if we would be able to mate them tho possibly.
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    As far as I know, no. From what I've gathered by scrolling through fish profiles most geophagus are either solitary, unless mated, or enjoy schools. If you find one that attracts your eye and is the correct size, such as the wavrini, than a school could work great.
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