Posted 12 October 2004 - 04:15 AM
Scientific name: Thorichthys meeki
Maximum size: 6 inches (15cm)
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care: Provide pleanty of hiding places with rocks.Make sure all rocks are secure because the fish will dig around them. Use a fine sand substrate, Firemouths like to dig. Recommended in a species only tank or with similar sized cichlids of the same temperment. Larger catfish are also compatable. Firemouth are very hardy and can adapt to a wide range of pH. The ideal would be 7.2-8.2.
Feeding: Cichlid flakes/pellets, ghost shrimp, bloodworms, brine shrimp.
Sexing: Females noticably duller and silver in color. Males have a red throat and chest, females usually do not. Males have pointed anal and dorsal fin
Breeding: Female cleans smooth rocks and lays 100-300 eggs on a rock. Fry hatch at about 72 hours and can be fed finely crushed flakes and newly hatched brine shrimp as first foods.
Posted 11 January 2005 - 08:02 AM
Edited by Lateral Line, 05 February 2006 - 02:56 PM.
Posted 17 August 2006 - 12:03 PM
Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:50 PM
Sorry that the picture is so small, but this was my male.
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