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Azedenkae

Plecostomus
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Surprised there's no species profile for the green texas. o_O Oh wells guess I'll add one.

Species: Herichthys carpintis
Common Names: Green Texas Cichlid, Pearlscale Cichlid, Lowland Cichlid
Classification: Central American
Physical Description: The green texas is related to the texas (Herichthys cyanoguttatum, also called Rio Grande Cichlid). Both species have 'pearlings' that adorns their body. Whilst the pearling on a green texas if irregular both in shape and in how they're spaced, the pearlings on a texas is much more smaller, rounder and regularly spaced. The green texas also more commonly have elongated pearlings on their face called 'wormings'. The green texas is also more colorful than the texas, having either a green or blue coloration to their body (shifting between the two when it suits them). The texas cichlid is more commonly plain in color, or only slightly green. During breeding, both sexes will display breeding gowns - the area under their jaws darken, whilst the remainder of their anterior half lightens up greatly. Their posterior half darkens considerably, and the blackness can extend into the dorsal fin in females.
Size: Approximately 8"/20cm for both sexes.
Tank Size: 55 gallon is recommended for a pair, but a single younger specimen can live fine in considerably less. A 10 gallon even, again assuming that the specimen is a juvie and is living by itself.
Diet: As an omnivore, the green texas would accept almost all food, though they prefer to scavenge the gravel/sand and chase live fish. Bloodworms are also especially preferred by them.
Sexing: Females are generally more elongated and streamlined the males. Males may grow a slight forehead hump, though this is not a very reliable indication. Females can have a dark blotch on their dorsal fin, which can darken considerably during breeding. Males also have a pointed genital papilla.
Water Parameters: The green texas is a hardy cichlid, and is not really picky about water parameters. It is recommended that they be kept at around the 22 to 26 degrees range, though they can survive in considerably less for long periods of time. Their lower temperature limit is approximately 14 degrees, though they can survive temperatures below that for short periods of time.

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mr fishy

Jack Dempsey
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Thorichthys meeki

Common names:
Firemouth Cichlid

Family:
Cichlidae


Description:
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.

Distribution:
They are found in Central America; Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

Ecosystem:
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.

Diet:
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.

Ph:
6.5-8.0

Temperature:
24-28C (72-81F)

Hardness:
8-15 dH

Potential size:
15cm (6")

Water region:
These fish will swim in the middle and lower areas of the aquarium.

Sexing:
Nearly identical though sometimes the male has a more pointed dorsal and the anal fins are more intensely colored, especially during breeding.

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.

Availability:
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."

Happy to help out MFK! :D
$10-$20???? i got my 2 for $2 and the ,ost ive seen them go for is $5
 

mr fishy

Jack Dempsey
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O I see over ther in Australia they r expensive because they r hard to get right? Cause over here in the US we have tanks full of them


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Azedenkae

Plecostomus
MFK Member
Species: Herichthys carpintis var. Escondido
Common Names: Super Green Texas (SGT)
Classification: Central American
Physical Description: The super green texas is a specific variety of green texas (H. carpintis), collected in Escondido and hence named as such. The pearlings on a SGT is larger than a normal green texas, and generally have wider spaces between pearls. Their faces are more commonly adorned with wormings and large pearls. They have a much more brilliant coloration to them as opposed to normal green texans, hence designated as 'super' green texas. They tend to shift their color from blue to green when it suits them, their brilliant blue is what causes them to be most often designated as a blue texas, though blue texas can refer to any Herichthys species with a blue coloration. During breeding, both sexes will display breeding gowns - the area under their jaws darken, whilst the remainder of their anterior half lightens up greatly. Their posterior half darkens considerably, and the blackness can extend into the dorsal fin in females.
Behaviour: They tend to be diggers and will most likely rescape your tank completely if you have sand or gravel (or even without). They are not particularly crazy and will not destroy filters, heaters and the likes, but they tend to be intolerant towards other cichlids. Surprisingly enough, this does not translate to aggression towards other species of fish, such as bristlenose catfish - at least when they're still young.
Size: Approximately 8"/20cm for both sexes.
Tank Size: 55 gallon is recommended for a pair, but a single younger specimen can live fine in considerably less. A 10 gallon even, again assuming that the specimen is a juvie and is living by itself.
Diet: As an omnivore, the SGT would accept almost all food, though they prefer to scavenge the gravel/sand and/or stay closer towards the bottom of the tank to seek for food. Bloodworms are also especially preferred by them.
Sexing: Females are generally more elongated and streamlined the males. Males may grow a slight forehead hump, though this is not a very reliable indication. Females can have a dark blotch on their dorsal fin, which can darken considerably during breeding. Males also have a pointed genital papilla.
Water Parameters: The SGT is a hardy cichlid, and is not really picky about water parameters. It is recommended that they be kept at around the 22 to 26 degrees range, though they can survive in considerably less for long periods of time. They are able to survive winter temperatures down to approximately 8 degrees overnight with any damage, though it is not recommended to leave them at low temperatures for long periods of time.



[Female SGT]
 

austos12

Jack Dempsey
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could somebody do one for and Umbee? thats my dream cichlid! (once i get a 240)
 
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