Species group: Cichlids
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Scientific name: Thorichthys meeki
The Firemouth Cichlid is a New World member of Cichlid family, and is native to rivers from the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, south through Belize and into northern Guatemala. Firemouth Cichlid are a popular aquarium fish.
The Firemouth Cichlid is a a beautifully colored fish with a deep and compressed body; it has a small mouth and its dorsal and caudal fins expand into long filaments. A bright red underside (orange to red gill palettes) is present in both sexes along with a dark ocellated blotch used to scare away predator
Although Firemouths can usually be mixed with larger community fish, they can get very aggressive when they are spawning.
A 20-inch tank is sufficient to keep the Firemouth happy. Rocks and caves are essential for hiding and spawning. Water conditions can be slightly acidic. Corners of the tank can have large thick plants, but should be balanced out with open spaces for swimming and display. A soft sand-bed substrate is preferred by Firemouths.
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