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Thorichthys (Cichlasoma) meeki(Firemouth Cichlid)

A common cichlid which is often seen in shops. A distinct looking fish with a bright red/orange colouration around the gills which extends across the belly into the anal fin. The redness in the male increases at breeding time.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Fairly peaceful although they can be a little aggressive towards their own kind, especially at breeding time.
Difficult to sex and if you have space it is best to buy a group of juveniles and grow them on until a pair form. When in condition the males develop longer trails on their dorsal and anal fins, although this method cannot always be relied upon. In breeding condition a female will look more rounded.
These fish will accept most water conditions although for breeding neutral to slightly alkaline is best. They have a tendency to uproot plants. Decor in the tank should include caves and a flowerpot which will be used as the spawning site. They tend to make good parents although if space allows you should remove the parents once the fry have become free swimming and feed with usual fry foods such as baby brine shrimp.

Family Group: South and Central American Cichlids
Distribution Yucatan Peninsular, Mexico
Temperature 24-28C
Size Around 16cm
Water Parameters Slightly alkaline conditions are preferred
Water PH 7.2-8.0

Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish in stock are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop
Amwell Aquatics - Epping Epping CM16 6LX View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Crowland Peterborough PE6 0JB View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics@ Oxford Oxfordshire OX33 1YJ View shop
Maidenhead Aquatics @ Lincoln Lincoln LN6 9BY View shop
World of Water - Manchester Cheshire. WA15 7PJ View shop
Woodford Aquatics London E18 1EJ View shop
Aquatic Design Centre London SW12 0PS View shop
Wholesale Tropicals London E2 0AA View shop

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