Firemouth Cichlid - Thorichthys meeki - Small
Firemouths can have a temperament as fiery as their name. Some sources refer to these fish as a more peaceful and some individuals may be more timid but most tend to be fairly bold and pugnacious. Use caution when keeping these fish with others as individual temperaments appear to vary greatly. They can become quite nippy during breeding. While they don't achieve as large a size as many others, they can often hold their own in a tank with bigger cichlids. They prefer a tank with neutral pH and plenty of plant cover, and rockwork or driftwood for hiding. They tend to stay near the bottom of the tank.
Feed them a variety of foods like flake and pellet as a staple diet and occasional frozen meaty foods and spirulina. Breeding Firemouth cichlids is known to be more slightly difficult. Finding a suitable pair is the challenge, but once established, the process comes naturally. They spawn on a smooth rock and both parents guard the eggs and fry. They will often dig pits in the gravel to shelter the free-swimming fry.
|Common Name||Firemouth Cichlid - Small|
|Scientific Name||Thorichthys meeki|
|Max Size (in inches)||6|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||75|
Ratings & Reviews
coolist fish ever
i bought one of them and it became the dominat male and it didnot bother my neon tetras at all then i tryed adding another firemouth and it gets chased alot in my 55 gallon tank
I got 2 larger ones that were about 2 inches for 10 dollars each... cool fish with red on its throught, gills and a little on its body... I got 2 and they can be aggressive... one of mine chases the other... I have a big aquarium(120 gallons) so nthey are fine beacause of the large tank... very cool fish... the reason I gave it a 4 was beacause one had a little bit of a deformed tail but not a big deal...