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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Firemouth Cichlid

Picture of Firemouth cichlid
Common nameFiremouth
Scientific nameThorichthys meeki
SynonymsCichlasoma meeki (old genus name)
SizeUp to 6" (15cm), females smaller
OriginMexico: Yucatan, Guatemala
Tank setupLarge planted tank with rocks and wood for cover, and some open space for swimming and displaying
CompatibilityMay be too aggressive for the general community tank, especially when spawning. Can be kept with other large/robust fish.
Temperature21-25oC (70-77oF)
Water chemistryNeutral to alkaline (pH 7.0-7.5), medium hard
FeedingOmnivorous: Cichlid pellets, granular and flake foods, frozen/live foods.
SexingMales are larger than females and have more colour and red on the throat
BreedingA pair will clean a rock, female deposits up to 500 eggs. Both parents tend the fry.
CommentsAlthough these cichlids can usually be mixed with larger and more robust community fish, like most cichlids they will be very territorial when spawning.


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