Firemouth cichlid are popular and gorgeous aquarium fish of cichlid family. Their background colour is blue containing red scales. There are all around black mark colour on their body. Pelvic and anal fins are edged in black with red throat. The male species are dominant in colour means they are more brightly coloured then female. It belongs from chicaldae family. Male are often more aggressive then female. Firemouth cichlids are mainly omnivores means these emphasize mainly on vegetables for their diet. The fish takes fresh vegetables and frozen food as their diet. Firemouth cichlid suffer with some common problems like parasite issues associated with bottom feeder. It form pairs, make a nuclear family and are excellent parents. These are very peaceful in nature how ever they can fight for territories. The fish can easily housed with barbs like tiger barbs, rosy barbs, blue acara. Cories, pleco, severum, rainbow also will be good tank mates for firemouth cichlid.
Firemouth cichlid fish swims in the lower level of water. 120 gallon makes a good tank size for firemouths. The smallest aquarium which we could make is about 40 gallons water. You should also prefer a tank with wet dry filter build inside the tank as it provides water flow without adding power head to the decor of tank. Firemouth cichlids should be kept in planted aquarium with hiding places among rock and bogwood. Filter should be changed or cleaned after every 30 days. Small amount of regular water changes will be appreciate
They take flake foods and pellets. Firemouth cichlid are mainly omnivores means they feed mainly on fresh vegetables and frozen foods. You should feed them twice per day and three times in a day in the case of breeding. We should also stock some plants in their tank for their feeding.
Common name: Firemouth cichlid
Scientific name: Cichlasoma mikki
Max. size: 7 inches
Tank volume: 40 gallons
pH: 6.5 – 7.5
Care : moderate
Temperature: 22 – 27 C
Temperament: Peaceful but territorial