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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sherry croteau - 2012-03-30
Hi, I have a 55 gallon tank. Do I have to have two of each of the same fish , or can I have 1 JD, 1 peacock, 1 convict etc. etc ?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-30
    They should be fine. The convicts are good to keep in groups and easily breed.
Troy - 2012-10-16
Hi, I was thinking about getting a pair of firemouths and a pleco to go in my 55 gallon tank, are there any other fish that i could also add to my tank that will be easy to care for and that would go well with the others?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-16
    The Firemouth Cichlid is such a nice fish, they are very nice tempered for a cichlid. All sorts of fish make good tankmates, as long as they are large enough, and even other South American Cichlids of about the same temperment like the Kribensis, even Convict Cichlids. Some other suggestions are a school of larger tetras like the Buenos Aires Tetra, Black Tetras, Red-Eyed Tetras, the larger barbs like a group of Tiger Barbs, Rainbowfish, Giant Danios, and there's a variety of sharks like the Black Shark, Rainbow Shark, or Red Shark. So you really have a lot you can choose from.
Frank Friday - 2012-09-21
Well, I suppose everything is relative. I have 2 firemouths cichlids, a nic./macaw and a myers. The dominant firemouth chases all of them. Perhaps that will change when the others get larger as the dominant firemouth is the largest of the bunch at 3.5 inches. The good news is, his colors are amazing when he flares up and chases around a tankmate, the bad news is, he rarely ever lets anyone roam around from their little corner or cave. I suppose that's what happens when you introduce new fish into the firemouth's established kingdom :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-21
    That just made my day.  I thought it was hysterical when my macaw would chase my K9 ( special trained police dog) around the house but I never thought a fish would do it.  Then (DAH) I realized what you were saying.  Thanks for the info.  Must be slow brained this morning but it was really funny inmy head.
nobuck27 - 2010-03-22
I have a 55 gal. tank with a 5,4 and 3 inch firemouth, two 6 inch bright orange african cichlids, 5 and a 3 inch angel fish, two 5 inch rainbow sharks, a 4 inch convict cichlid, (which is the most awesome fish you should see him mouth up to the firemouths I swear he thinks he is one)there is also a 10 inch catfish, 8 inch alge eater, 2 4 inch gold gourami's, my two new cichlids I got 5 months ago are electric blue and an albino. I've had the tank a year and a couple months since then I've got two other tanks 40 gal with about 6 other kinds of fish a nice 6 inch jack dempsey and a 3 inch 1 (they're bff)2 buchari (got like 4 k9 teeth and yellow eyes) amazing they're not too happy where they are. 1 hides and the other hangs on 1 side of the tank there's 3 blue older gourami's that I adopted at petco they love to eat out of my hands have a 1 inch beautiful angel that doesn't seem to be growing it had to be seperated from the other 2 they did not like him also there's another 9 inch alge eater in this tank all together I have about 40 fish and they are all so awesome to watch.

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  • Geoff - 2010-04-28
    All together you have too many fish in both tanks and you don't say anything about the firemouth where you posted this?
  • Anonymous - 2011-03-31
    Your 40 gallon isn't even big enough for your Jack Dempsey alone, much less everything else. I'm surprised anything is alive at all.
Katelyn - 2011-12-16
I have a 75 gallon tank with one baby oscar in it. Would I be able to have some firemouth or other chichlids with it? If so what type, how many and what size should I get to keep up with the oscars growth rate?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-17
    A baby oscar - might be OK but the Oscar is going to get BIG and he is going to see the others as food.
john - 2011-10-30

I was wondering how many firemouth cichlids I could keep in a 20 gallon without over crowding. If it would be a bad idea to keep 2 in it would there be a way to fuse two 20 gallons together safely so I can have a 40 gallon?
I am thinking of breeding them so do you have any breeding tips or ways to tell if a firemouth cichlid is a boy or a girl quick and easy?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-31
    They get about 6 inches in length. If you scroll the article above you will see that it is recommended that a minimum of a 20 gallon tank be used for a pair. I don't know of any economical way to fuse two 20 gallon tanks together.
fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-09
What pair of cichlids can I keep in a 20 gallon tank?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-09
    The best cichlid species for a 20 gallon aquarium are something such as Bolivian, and German Rams, or perhaps a small community of Kribensis species. Not Firemouths, they require a larger aquarium.
aguero17 - 2011-08-15
HaHa. Oscars,red tail catfish and firemouths are the best fishes!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-15
    Glad you like them. Only familar with the Oscar and I think they are neat.
kyle - 2009-10-15
These cichlids are truly stunning. They have brilliant colouration. I have a pair in my 33 gallon tank. I find they are pretty peaceful exept during spawning, which is when they become very territorial. I keep my firemouths with kribensis cichlids. They get along great. I would recommend firemouths to beginning aquariasts who are interested in keeping cichlids. They are very hardy and easy to care for.

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  • O - 2011-02-07
    I have a firemouth and he is very aggressive he bites every fish in my tank what should I do?
Jb - 2011-01-02
I love this fish because they are so active and very peaceful I had 1 firemouth with 4 angels, 5 serpaes, 6 blackskirts, 6 buenos aires, 3 blue gouramis, 1 bala shark, 1 dojo loach, 1 sailfin pleco, and 1 chocolate pleco and an archerfish in my 150 gallon aquarium with no problems.