Their natural habitat is typically shallow, slowmoving, often turbid, water with a ph of 6. As cichlids go, they are more bark than bite, indeed their jaws arent designed for fighting, and can easily become damaged in lip locking battles. Did bite the cat once when the cat fell in the bath where reggie was enjoying. Firemouth cichlid, thorichthys meeki fish guide, cichlasoma meeki. Jack dempsey is an aggressive territorial fish with strong facial features. The throat and breast are red in color, ranging from a brick shade to a fiery red. In aquariums they are said by others to grow to be about 5 long, but a wonderful fish farmer, larry wright, once shipped the bailey bros a pair that. Any additions i make, i would like to keep it a cichlid tank. Stays close to the shoreline vegetation for protection ref. I have 2 just recently bought from the store and really want to breed them.
Sexing firemouth cichlid 176930 aquarium fish forum. Firemouth cichlid thorichthys meeki aquatic community. Somehow mix of corydoras catfish, bolivian rams cichlids and clown loach, seem to get along well with your firemouth and all these fish species. To accommodate the diet needs of goldies their food has a decent amount of proteins which the bodies of the cichlids are unable to digest. The firemouth cichlid, thorichthys meeki, is a beautiful cichlid with a pearlescent turquoiseblue body. They are omnivores, although in the wild they are especially fond of eating algae. Originally he was in a 75 l tank with a pair of jack dempseys each 5 cm at the time. Who knows why they got along, but the fact of the matter is that the goldfish died in the end. Keeping firemouth cichlids, beautifull fish, remember this is the best way i know to keeo them, but there are other ways to keep them as well. Mixing african cichlids with goldfish pets stack exchange. During breeding they are aggressive towards other fish and especially towards smaller members of their own species. Generally hardy fish, the cichlid hails from lakes and rivers around the world, and the most popular species come from lakes and rivers throughout south and central america and from lakes in africa, specifically lake malawi and lake tanganyika. The firemouth cichlid is one of the most popular among the cichlids.
The lemon cichlid has an interesting origin, bright appearance and ability to live long in captivity. Deposits eggs on open substrate such as stones ref. Jul 12, 2009 the firemouth cichlid is peaceful with tankmates except when spawning. Initially the fish all got along fine until the dempseys started to grow quickly and the firemouth did not. Firemouth cichlids, an easiergoing, midsized, oldtimey. Firemouths are nervous fish, so try to avoid sudden movement or noise. Firemouth cichlid the care, feeding, and breeding of firemouth. The firemouth cichlid is somewhat territorial, especially during spawning and requires an aquarium of a minimum of 30 gallons, with a fine sand bottom for burrowing and plenty of open swimming room.
Goldfish crackers are one of the last unclean things im feeding them so im super excited about this. When frightened they may swim frantically around the tank, often injuring themselves in the process. Firemouth cichlids are omnivorous and likely to accept any food offered to them. And even though it is one of the oldest fish in the hobby, it still remains very popular to this day. The false firemouth cichlid can be found under a number of different common names such as the turquoise cichlid and robertsons cichlid. Goldfish crackers and soup are practically bowl mates. Typically, this fish has a dark blue, iridescent body with a few dark gray or black stripes. The firemouth cichlid is peaceful with tankmates except when spawning. Aug 12, 2016 keeping firemouth cichlids, beautifull fish, remember this is the best way i know to keeo them, but there are other ways to keep them as well. The firemouth cichlid thorichthys meeki is a species of cichlid fish native to central america. The firemouth cichlid also known as the thorichthys meeki. Firemouth cichlid is generally accepted as community fish and as long as the other tank mates somehow measure with a size that does not fit into the mouth and generally peaceful, that should be fine. Their ability to protrude their jaw 6% standard length limits their. Found over mud or sand bottoms of canals, rocky ponds, lower and middle sections rivers close to the shorelines rich in.
The firemouth cichlid is omnivorous, and will eat most prepared and frozen foods, including. Although the many types of aquarium fish undoubtedly all have their positive features, they also. Facts about firemouth chichlid, interesting fish facts. Usual high quality filtration in the form of a sump or canister filters are required to ensure water quality and proper bacterial colonies. Can you keep firemouth cichlids and goldfish together. What makes it special from others fish in the cichlidae family is the appearance of red colored area on the belly.
Goldfish are omnivores meaning they eat both meats and veggies while the majority of african cichlids eat only plant matter. I have 2 goldfish in there along with my new cichlid, 10 minnows hopefully will become cichlid food when cichlid gets larger, i bought too many and cant catch them, 4 zebra danios, 1 gold danio, 2 giant danios, some ghost shrimp which i think the cichlid ate and 1 map turtle as well. This is due to its bright red color, pleasant demeanor, and easy care. An exceptionally coloured cichlid from central america, growing to approximately 6 inches, firemouths are so named for their brightly coloured jaws that they flare out as displays of aggression. The firemouth cichlid can be extremely hardy and will tolerate a wide range of water parameters. The firemouth cichlid is found in the central america region growing up to 17cm in length. Their background color is a pearlescent turquoiseblue with red edging the scales. Oct, 20 angelfish and firemouth are my favorite cichlids i currently have 3 angelfish and 1 firemouth in my 75 gallon fish tank right now. The firemouth is a relatively small fish when compared to many other central american cichlids, only reaching about 6. Firemouth cichlids are omnivorous and opportunistic in their feeding strategies. Firemouth cichlids thorichthys meeki are no exception. Firemouth cichlid care size, life span, tank mates, breeding. Mexico, guatemala, merida, progresso, yucatan peninsula, and central america. Im a local fish breeder so if someone could tell me how to sex these fish, that would be awesome.
I once heard a story about a guy that had a feeder goldfish survive the feeding process and live peacefully with a black belt cichlid for a few years. Just like their relatives, firemouth cichlids are a big fan of eating. They develop a red coloration on the bottom side of the body and can extend the red area under the gills to warn other fish to keep out of their territory. It would probably be a challenge to mix them, but to just say well its a cichlid and betta and can the idea on that shows lack of understanding these fish. He took the cichlid to a show and it killed goldfish. For a single pair of firemouth cichlids, a 29 gallon fish tank 110 liters will usually be sufficient. To my shock, no minnows were still alive, none, but the goldfish was. The firemouth cichlid is a relatively small fish when compared to many. If you are looking for your first fish together, the brightly colored lemon cichlid is a good choice.
These are awesome fish with great red coloring along the underside in adults. The firemouth cichlid is often recommended as a great first cichlid for beginners to cichlid keeping. Reggie doesnt really like humbug, or anything else for that matter. Utilized in behavioral studies and monster truck ads. But since a pair of these fish will inevitably breed. Nov 17, 2015 the firemouth cichlid thorichthys meeki has a long history in the aquarium trade, and has been kept by aquarists for well over a century now. Thorichthys meeki firemouth cichlid are suitable for community aquariums with other south and central american cichlids. These young juvenile firemouth cichlids go into a frenzy. The firemouth cichlid thorichthys meeki has a long history in the aquarium trade, and has been kept by aquarists for well over a century now. Prefers lower and middle sections of rivers in slow moving waters ref. Clean eating goldfish crackers the gracious pantry.
If adding live aquarium plants, they should be hardy, like sagittaria, and potted with their root surfaces protected. A co worker was gonna give me a albino oscar thats about 6. The firemouth cichlids are not a massively aggressive cichlid, but they are still best mixed with bigger fish, as they will eat smaller fish that will fit in there mouths. Firemouth cichlid the care, feeding, and breeding of. The firemouth cichlid demands at least 30 gallons if kept in a pair, but for any more fish you will need 55 gallons plus. Then read on and enjoy these interesting fish facts featuring firemouth chichlid. Not an unusual sight in a pond inhabited by fisheating turtles,but my turtles dont hunt them too aggressively. I was wondering can i keep the 3 angelfish and 34 firemouths together with either tiger barbs, black skirt tetras, or candy cane tetras. The firemouth cichlid thorichthys meeki previously cichlasoma meeki is one of the most popular cichlids due to its vibrant red coloring, pleasant demeanor, and easy care. Although firemouth cichlids usually breed well under normal aquarium conditions. Please do not attempt this record unless you are above the age of 18 and trained as a professional eater.
Cichlids are one of the brightest and interesting freshwater fish to keep as an aquarist. Aug 05, 2019 the firemouth cichlid get their common name firemouth because of the display of the males in this species around spawning time. To ensure proper nutrition, offer your fish a staple diet of highquality cichlid flakes or pellets supplemented with live and frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, earthworms, etc. It is also the first recipe that actually feels like a cracker. The bad part of this recipe is that it is shameful how much i ate while i was rolling haha. Jul 18, 20 3 male firemouths in cichlid community tank, my flowerhorn aka big perm is the boss of the tank. Origin the firemouth cichlid is found in central american areas such as belize, guatemala and the yucatan peninsula. During spawning, the male firemouth cichlid displays an impressive bluff, an aggressive stance where he inflates his fiery red throat sac and gill covers. Thorichthys meeki brind 1918, the firemouth cichlid. Whenever youre eating something healthy, you think about how you might sneak for goldfish into it.
Firemouth cichlids are known to live up to 15 years but it is possible for them to live longer if they are very well cared for. Atlantic slope, mexicos yucatan, guatemala and belize. They can flare their gills in aggression much like the siamese fighting fish. The firemouth cichlid can be quite territorial during spawning, otherwise quite peaceful. You may feed them bread, cracker, biscuit crumbs, rice, potato, peas, carrot.
The firemouth cichlid is a striking fish to look at. Thorichthys meeki firemouth cichlid should be kept in a planted aquarium with hiding places among rocks and bogwood. This can be attributed to its red color, its beauty and its excellent shape. While firemouth s are typically a more peaceful cichlid they would tend toward aggression with goldfish.
The firemouth is one of the most popularly kept cichlids. Feb 24, 2007 i once heard a story about a guy that had a feeder goldfish survive the feeding process and live peacefully with a black belt cichlid for a few years. The female firemouth cichlid will lay around 300 eggs in a carefully cleaned location driftwood, flat rocks, slate, large plant leaves, cavelike structures, etc. Will feeding african cichlids goldfish flakes kill them. They are best kept in water parameters of ph level of 6. Hi, i was wondering if someone knew how to sex firemouth cichlids. This is an extremely beautiful fish and fun to keep. The false firemouth cichlid can be found in central america, namely mexico where it inhabits the local rivers and streams.
The firemouth cichlid is a beautiful cichlid that is somewhat territorial, especially during spawning. They occur in rivers of the yucatan peninsula, mexico, south through belize and into northern guatemala. The small firemouth took a good beating from the larger fish, but still tried to stand his ground on occasion the gill flaring is a fantastic display. A co worker was gonna give me a albino oscar thats about 6, but he said shes too aggressive and will kill all my fish. The firemouth cichlid is a beautiful and vibrant freshwater fish that brings a. Lives in mudbottomed and sandbottomed canals and rocky ponds ref. Jun 26, 2008 the firemouth should dwell lower in the tank, and would like wide areas, and the betta mostly on top so it would like a higher tank. Do you want more interesting facts about firemouth chichlid. The ancestors of the firemouth came from the yucatan in mexico south to guatemala. Jun 25, 2018 the firemouth cichlid demands at least 30 gallons if kept in a pair, but for any more fish you will need 55 gallons plus.
While the goldfish can tolerate warmer temps, they become more susceptible to diseases in water at the high end of their tolerance range. Not only is this beautiful fish hardy, it is one of the least aggressive of the species. If adding live aquarium plants, they should be hardy, like sagittaria, and. Firemouth cichlid age of aquariums freshwater fish firemouth cichlid thorichthys meeki. Feed a good staple food on a regular basis and supplement occassionally with other quality foods such as frozen mysis shrimp, blood worms, etc.
Firemouth cichlid is basically a type of aquarium fish with silver coloration and with black spots marking lined up across its body starting from the gills and end up either in the middle region of the body with some actually going straight until the end reaching the tail fin. The best way to get good coloration from any fish is pretty much always the same. The underbelly and throat of the fish is orange to red, and the fins are gray to black. There is a series of black marks running along the body, starting behind the. They will feed on pretty much anything you give them. Goldfish need water temperature ranging between 55 70.1366 1557 1493 1036 926 478 121 504 810 97 1013 1379 395 1237 11 1312 265 1082 727 733 1206 1036 944 1136 340 1600 398 4 673 769 1439 1447 207 912 109 674