Animal Stories - Firemouth Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Firemouth Cichlid

The beautiful Firemouth Cichlid is known for its distinctive shape and fiery red colors.
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Melinda C Foster - 2019-03-03
I have a 20 gallon tank with a male fire mouth ciclid named Id (ego died a long time ago). He is celebrating his 12th birthday this week. Thank you for your artical on this species, I learned some things about them. Now maybe he will make it to thirteen. Thank you.

Troy - 2012-10-16
Hi, I was thinking about getting a pair of firemouths and a pleco to go in my 55 gallon tank, are there any other fish that i could also add to my tank that will be easy to care for and that would go well with the others?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-16
    The Firemouth Cichlid is such a nice fish, they are very nice tempered for a cichlid. All sorts of fish make good tankmates, as long as they are large enough, and even other South American Cichlids of about the same temperment like the Kribensis, even Convict Cichlids. Some other suggestions are a school of larger tetras like the Buenos Aires Tetra, Black Tetras, Red-Eyed Tetras, the larger barbs like a group of Tiger Barbs, Rainbowfish, Giant Danios, and there's a variety of sharks like the Black Shark, Rainbow Shark, or Red Shark. So you really have a lot you can choose from.
  • Melissa - 2017-11-20
    I have a firemouth. He seems very dominant. I also have a convict and a blood parrot which is a hybrid but it's my favorite. So cute and have a great little personality. They can also be paired with other cichilds such as the that and green terror. Google it
    They can also be paired with Jack Dempsey's. We've had ours for 2 days now and at first our firemouth was very skiddish but the next morning he had doubled in size and became very dominant chasing both our other fish even our bigger blood parrot. So we're going to be getting another blood parrot tomorrow. Because all's our blood parrot does now is hide. Good luck!
steve - 2007-10-07
I have a breeding pair of firemouths that are about 2.5 years old and have just had their fifth brood. i think they are the easist fish to breed for beginners and provide hours of fun just watching them.

Joe - 2016-04-20
Hey guys. I was wondering if you can put a pair of firemouths with gouramis, sharks, severums and barbs? Please reply

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  • Anonymous - 2016-04-23
    It would depend on what kind of gourami, shark, and barbs. If you have kissing gourams, bala sharks, and tin foil barbs then sure
  • Anonymous - 2016-06-16
    I have firemouths with 8 tiger barbs, electric yellow, yellowfin acei and red tail shark and the get along great.
Katie. Cobra - 2016-03-21
I just added a firemouth ti my 30 gal. and he did fine with the larger jack dempsey, similar sized convict and teeny jewel no fights, no territorial disputes, everyone seemed happy for the first evening.. i woke up the next day to find he had clouded eyes annd was being picked at with maybe a tiny mark or 2 on his sides.. i treated the water for fungal and bacteria infections and he only got worse from then til the today n i just put him in his own tank hoping he gets better. but he's seeming very weak and clueless just tryin to stay atop the water all the time and i don't know what else i can do? Any suggestions?

Todd - 2008-01-08
An extremely strong fish! I originally purchased a pair of Firemouths at the small size of around 5cm. Since then we have lost the smaller one and have a male left. He is now around 12cm. He constantly fights with 2 other convicts that live in the tank and will take them on at the same time. He always gets himself beaten up, missing scales, torn fins etc and always come back to good again. A great display when he is all flared up - he is all show though, he never bites the other fish!

Andrew Corland - 2013-01-31
I'm sure many of you have had better luck, but my experience with firemouth cichlids has not been great. Regardless of what size aquarium I would house this one particular male in, he would become the dominant fish within 3-5 minutes. Such that the other cichlids would hide and he would even actively pursue each fish within their hiding spot and chase them away. He just couldn't or refused to share space with any other cichlid breed. Unfortunate considering how striking they are, brilliant colors and sand sifting behavior. Perhaps I just had an unusually aggressive male, but I tried again with another male, much smaller and even he was just a real pain in the arse with other fish. I simply had to take him back to the pet store after trying him out in 3 different sizes aquariums.

John Occhiogrosso - 2010-08-08
Being they are generally peaceful can you keep Firemouths with Discus Fish who are also of an easy going nature.

John O

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  • Anonymous - 2016-12-07
    I'm john c. That's what I keep telling them.I have a male green sunfish and 1 male firemouth cichlid and my green sunfish is the boss. I even one time put covict cichlids in there twice and he killed them.
Andrew - 2006-07-04
I have 3 Firemouth Cichlids and two of them are currently breeding. Instead of cleaning off a rock, they dug all the way down to the glass. They are getting very territorial and sometimes even almost killing the other fish.

Julian - 2010-04-11
I have a 30 gal tank with 1 Para Pleco (L75), 2 Silver Dollars, and 2 firemouths. I am wondering when the firemouths get their color? They are 1" and 2" long. Will they develop the color as they get bigger or is it poor genetics? Also the larger one picks on the smaller one constantly, any tips on how to fix this?

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  • troy - 2010-09-07
    You need more firemouths so they get in a group and one doesn't pick on another one.
  • Anonymous - 2015-10-04
    I have 2 green sunfish one bigger then the other they grow 8inches and 1 honey gourami and I have a big green glass bowl for spawning I'm also getting some female redear sunfish to make evil hybrids.I also have 1 male firemouth firemouth will be the jealous neighbor. AH HA HA HA.