$10-$20???? i got my 2 for $2 and the ,ost ive seen them go for is $5Thorichthys meeki
The body of the Firemouth Cichlid is strongly compressed laterally with a sloping forehead. The color is is generally blue-gray with several black blotches and it has brown fins streaked with blue. They are named for the coloration on the under side of the mouth. It has a vivid red throat and belly, starting at the base of the tail and extending to the mouth. There are some coloration differences, but is dependent on each fishes place of origin. Male have a more pointed dorsal and anal fins and are more intensely colored, especially during breeding.
They are found in Central America; Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
They inhabit the middle and bottom areas of slow moving rivers, ponds, and canals with sandy or muddy bottoms. They stay close to vegetation near the shore where they feed on algae along with some meaty foods.Temperment:
Moderatly aggressive towards conspefics such as pearsei and vieja species.
Since they are omnivorous the Firemouth Cichlid will generally eat all kinds of flake, fresh, and live foods. To keep a good balance give them a high quality flake food or pellet everyday. Feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms as a treat.
These fish will swim in the middle and lower areas of the aquarium.
Nearly identical though sometimes the male has a more pointed dorsal and the anal fins are more intensely colored, especially during breeding.
The Firemouth Cichlids are egg layers. The female spawns 100-500 eggs on carefully cleaned rocks. The fry are protected in pits by both parents.
The Firemouth Cichlid is readily available both online and in fish stores and will run about $10.00 - $20.00 USD.
Overall the Firemouth Cichlid is peaceful with tankmates except when breeding.
Picture 1: Full grown FM
Picture 2: Firemouth showing off bright red gill plates. Hence, "Firemouth."
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