Animal Stories - Firemouth Cichlid


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The beautiful Firemouth Cichlid is known for its distinctive shape and fiery red colors.
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Gary marshall - 2014-07-07
I have a new set up and thinking of getting a pair of fire mouths. I would like a community tank but I am unsure what type of fish I could put with these. Could your offer me any suggestions please?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Use the fish finder tool to see what would be compatible and adequate for your tank. Just go to the index at the top of the page (just right of the picture) and click on 'Enter a Freshwater Aquarium'. After you fill in the info, you will be able to select compatible fish.
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David - 2013-11-09
My experience with Firemouths has been great, although I will admit that they can be anything but peaceful. They tend to intimidate and harass timid cichlids, and get themselves into trouble when trying to do the same to larger, nastier cichlids. Aside from keeping them in a species tank, the best companions are similarly-sized cichlids that will retaliate with minimal force. Honduran Red Points, Sajica, and Blue Acara have all worked really well for me. Another option is keeping them with schooling fish - larger tetras, robust barbs, rainbowfish, and swordtails are all great options.

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  • daniel - 2014-05-14
    i was thinking of keeping a couple dwarf fire mouth cichlid in a 54 liter tank with guppies and fry and glowlight,neon tetra and a chinese algae eater what do you think
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Colin - 2013-02-02
Andrew I could not agree more.currently l have a male firemouth that had been nothing but a pain from day one making feeding for many fish near impossible. giving this fish away is the only option.

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jeff - 2003-10-01
I breed firemouths and love them. I would recommend then to a beginner as a fun and peaceful fish. Take care of your fish, they have feelings too. Email me if you want any help or to talk fish. Thanks

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  • stephen - 2010-04-13
    I've got an oscar, a green terror, a jack dempsey, a peacock cichlid, a parrot cichlid, and a brand new firemouth cichlid. So far all is well but in the future I'd like some info.
  • chris speck - 2010-05-28
    I became the owner of approx 60 thorichthys aureus, I have a 350 ltr tank and plan to keep between 6 and 10 of these fish, they are feeding really well and are about 1" long, is there an easy way to be able to tell the sex of the fish and do you have any tips on keeping these fish as I am a novice and have never kept cichlids, my aim is to try to see them breed, any idea at what age they breed/pair off. Thank you for any info.
  • Dennis - 2011-01-13
    I keep reading that the firemouth is a peaceful fish, I have one in a 29 gallon tank and he is very aggressive.
  • Maritza - 2011-01-13
    I have a firemouth cichlid and I have him inside of a 10 gallon tank with two pacu fishes, now they get along no problem but I had bought another firemouth cichlid he killed it slowly day by day. Then I bought a tilapia cichlid he killed it today> what should I do>
  • Michael - 2011-01-23
    I would like to know why the firemouths I have eat their fry when they hatch? What can I do to stop this? Thank-you for your time.
  • Tracy Hamilton - 2013-02-15
    I have a breeding pair of firemouths. I have my first batch of babies when do I remove the babies from the tank? Do I have to remove them and what is the best way? Thanks
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Andrew Corland - 2013-01-31
I'm sure many of you have had better luck, but my experience with firemouth cichlids has not been great. Regardless of what size aquarium I would house this one particular male in, he would become the dominant fish within 3-5 minutes. Such that the other cichlids would hide and he would even actively pursue each fish within their hiding spot and chase them away. He just couldn't or refused to share space with any other cichlid breed. Unfortunate considering how striking they are, brilliant colors and sand sifting behavior. Perhaps I just had an unusually aggressive male, but I tried again with another male, much smaller and even he was just a real pain in the arse with other fish. I simply had to take him back to the pet store after trying him out in 3 different sizes aquariums.

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Mike Hunt - 2004-08-10
My firemouth has grown to be one foot long. I have a 100 gallon tank with an oscar, a firemouth, a jack dempsy, and a goldfish that does not let any other fish chase him. But he probably wont last that long. These fish all came from my boyfriend one christmas. I have always thought their colors were superb. I love my firemouths to death.

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matthew - 2005-01-09
I have a 4 inch Green Terror, 2 Cobalt Blue Zebras, 1 Firemouth, 2 Electric Yellow Labs, 1 Jack Dempsey, and a single 4 inch Jewel; all in a 33 Gallon tank. out of all the fish, the Green Terror displays an aura of control amongst the rest of the fish keeping things calm. I have a sand bottom tank and all fish have been co-existing (from the beggining) for over 6 months now. I have found throughout my experience with Cichlids that slowly introducing a new species into any young tank is extremely easy but with time becomes increasingly difficult. By far out of all the cichlids in such a tank the Green Terror is the most beautiful and funnest fish to watch

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Anonymous - 2003-08-27
I have two green terrors a jack dempsy and a firemouth cichlid and they get along fine.

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Tammy - 2012-05-21
I have a 90 gallon tank. I have many chiclids. Two of them are firemouths. They recently had babies. I got a divider to keep the other chiclids away from them. What I am wondering is how much room do I need to give these mom and dad? And how long before the babies are big anough to be with the other fish? And will the mom and dad eat the babies?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-22
    Depends on how big the parents are. As long as the fry have places to hide you should be fine. The fry will grow at different speeds so some will be able to move before others.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-25
    Firemouths are very good parents and will protect the fry from other fish.  It really depends how big the Firemouths are on the size needed for them and the fry.  I would do no less then 30 gallons since it is just temporary.  Depending on the other fish, I would wait till they are not mouth sized treats for the other fish to introduce them.

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jessica - 2011-11-09
Hi! A couple of years ago I had a convict cichlid and a firemouth together in a tank. They ended up having babies... I only have one left that is about 4 inches long and has the distinctions of both cichlids. At first I was told that it was impossible for them to mate, then I was told it's very rare. I was just wondering if it is rare? And if it is...is this fish worth anything?

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  • Greg Jones - 2012-01-15
    Hi Jessica, please don't crossbreed cichlids. Although not rare by any means in the confined space of an aquarium, it's ill advised if you plan on selling or giving these hybrids back to the fish store.
    Somewhere down the line, it will be forgotten that they were crossbred and/or they will be resold by the store as a pure breed firemouth or convict. That's simply not fair due to the innate differences in temperament between the 2 fish. Convict cichlids are notoriously aggressive, more so than most other central american cichlids. Whereas Firemouth cichlids are generally more peaceful, even around some community fish.
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