Firemouth Cichlid Profile
Common name: Firemouth cichlid
Scientific name: Thorichthys Meeki
Type of fish: Cichlid
Origin: Central America (Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Max size: 6 inches (can grow up to 12 inches)
Growth Rate: Medium-Fast
Minimum tank size: 30 gallons for one, 75 gallons+ for a group
Hardiness: Moderately Hardy
Aggressiveness: Only aggressive to own species, leaves other fish alone
Tankmates: medium-sized and well-tempered American cichlids, well-tempered African cichlids, swordtails, larger tetras, medium-sized catfish, tiger barbs, plecos
Sexing: Males have pointier dorsal and anal fins with long tracers.
Notes: Best kept in tanks with dark substrate to gain maximum color. Substrate-sifting feeder, so sand is preferred. Best kept in groups. Firemouths don't have the strongest bites so they can't do much damage. In my experience, they are very aggressive to other firemouths.