Firemouth Cichlid Care
Scientific Name : Thorichthys meeki
Common Names : Red Breasted Cichlid
Firemouth Cichlid Care Level : Easy to Moderate
Size : 6.7 inches (17 cm), possibly larger
pH : 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature : 75°F - 80°F (24°C - 27°C)
Lifespan : 8 years or longer
Origin / Habitat : Central America, Belize river, Mexico, Guatemala
Firemouth Cichlid Temperament / Behavior : May get aggressive when they form pairs and are breeding.
Breeding Firemouth Cichlid : Get them ready by providing high quality foods and you may want to raise the tank water temperature slightly. Slowly raise the temperature a couple of degrees over a 2 day time period (aim for a temp around 82°F or around 28°C). If they have paired off and are getting overly aggressive with their tank mates, you will need to use a tank divider or plan on separating them. They should place the eggs on a flat rock, tipped over flower pot or pvc pipe. The female Firemouth Cichlid will protect the eggs while the male protects the area around the nest. After 3 or 4 days, the eggs hatch and the parents will move them to another location for another couple of days until the babies are swimming. Like many cichlids, the firemouth is no exception when it comes to taking care of their young. Plan on feeding finely crushed flake foods, baby brine shrimp or other fry foods.
Aquarium Size : 30 gallon for a pair, much larger for multiples.
Firemouth Cichlid Tank Mates : Some hobbyists report that they keep them with larger tetras originating from Central America and they co-exist just fine with the Firemouth. Use caution and be prepared to remove fish if you see signs of aggression.
Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease - Diagnose, Symptoms and Treatment. They are fairly hardy but are not immune to ich infestations. Use a quarantine tank for new arrivals!
Diet / Foods : This fish is not a picky eater. They should go after all foods and it is easy to provide a balanced diet. Using a Cichlid Pellet Food can provide many of the vitamins and nutrients they need. They may eat fish that are very small.
Tank Region : Likes to hang out by their turf.
Gender : Females are usually smaller, less colorful and males will develop an extended point on the dorsal fin.