Other Firemouth Meeki Names:
Firemouth Meeki Scientific Name:
Thorichthys Meeki, Cichlasoma meeki
Firemouth Meeki Temperament:
Species Type: Central American Cichlids
Firemouth Meeki Adult Size: 6 inches (cm)
Firemouth Meeki Life Expectancy: 10 years
Firemouth Meeki Habitat: Central America (other fish from Central & South America)
Firemouth Meeki Minimum Tank Size:
Generally peaceful fish
Firemouth Meeki Diet & Nutrition:
A good quality tropical flake, granule or pellet supplemented with frozen shrimp & worm foods, daphnia, beefheart.
Firemouth Meeki Description:
Firemouths are one of the most peaceful cichlids, although they may be aggressive towards others of their species and sometimes other tankmates when spawning. They sometimes dig and sift the gravel for food, but do not usually damage well-rooted plants. they prefer a tank with hiding places among rocks or ornaments. As a territorial display, they will often flare their gill covers and inflate their throat sac, showing even more red colour around the throat. Juveniles are silvery with blue irredescences, the fish darken with age and show more intense red colouration.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other South American Cichlids that are not terrbily aggressive.
Firemouth Meeki Breeding & Spawning:
Firemouths spawn on flat stones. Both sexes defend the eggs and guard the young, often digging pits in the gravel for the fry to take cover in.
Determining Firemouth Meeki Sex:
Males have more pointed fins and more intense color.
Firemouth Meeki Diseases:
Cryptobia - a protozoan parasite that is thought by many to be the main culprit behind Malawi Bloat
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