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The Firemouth Cichlid, scientifically known as Thorichthys meeki, is a captivating fish native to Central America, spanning regions from Mexico to Panama. These beautiful cichlids inhabit slow-moving rivers, ponds, and canals with sandy or muddy bottoms, often staying close to vegetation near the shore where they feed on algae and other meaty foods.

One of the most striking features of the Firemouth Cichlid is its vibrant red coloration, particularly evident on the underside of its mouth and throat. Additionally, it displays vivid red coloration on the belly extending from the mouth to the base of the tail. The body typically exhibits a blue-gray hue with several black blotches, while the fins are brown streaked with blue. Variations in coloration may occur depending on the fish's origin.

Known for their pleasant demeanor and easy care, Firemouth Cichlids are popular among both beginner and experienced aquarists. They are generally peaceful but can become aggressive, particularly during breeding when they may exhibit territorial behavior. During spawning, males display an impressive bluff by inflating their fiery red throat sac and gill covers to impress females and deter competitors.

In captivity, Firemouth Cichlids thrive in a spacious tank with fine sand substrate for burrowing and plenty of hiding places such as caves formed from rocks or wood. While they appreciate some living plants, potted plants are recommended to prevent uprooting. Anubias and other hardy plants can be placed around the tank perimeter, leaving an open area for swimming.

Firemouth Cichlids are omnivorous and enjoy a varied diet consisting of high-quality flakes, pellets, and occasional meaty treats like brine shrimp or bloodworms. They are egg layers and breed readily in captivity, with breeding conditions requiring neutral pH, medium hardness, and temperatures between 26°C to 30°C.



  • Species: Thorichthys meeki
  • Common Name: Firemouth Cichlid
  • Origin: Southern Mexico and Guatemala (lakes and creeks)
  • Diet: Omnivores
  • pH Range: 7 – 8
  • Temperature: Tropical 26°C – 30°C
  • Breed Type: Egg Layer
  • Current Size: Approximately 10cm (Grows to approximately 15cm)
  • Sex: Un-sexed

Fire Mouth Cichlid

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