Thorichthys meeki

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Guatemala, Yucatan
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min. length aquarium : 150 cm - 60"
English name : Firemouth
This fish should be kept as a pair.  To smaller fishes of their own kind they are rather aggressive and during breeding time they are aggressive to all fishes.  In breeding time they dig a lot in the substrate and plants are demolished. They aquarium should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones.  The substrate should be sandy.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is easy.  100 - 500 eggs are laid and fertilized on a stone.  When the eggs hatch the parents remove the fry to a breeding pit.  Both parents care for the fry.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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