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Firemouth Cichlid

By Clint Norwood


© Stacy Malbon
Photo taken at Aqualand in Hopkins, MN.

Species/genus:  Cichlasoma meeki
 
Origin:  Guatemala and Yucatan
 
Temp:  77°F (25°C)
 
pH:   Slightly Alkaline 7.5   dH:  Hard
 
Temperament:  Normally Peaceful
 
Adult Size:   6in   (15cm)
 
Minimum Tank Size:  10 gallon
 
Feeding:  Will take flakes, loves chopped earthworms
 
Breeding:  Egg layer, easy to spawn, parents aggressivly defend their fry
 
Comments:   Gets it's name from the red coloration around it's throat area. The Firemouth is a hardy Aquarium fish that has been around the hobby for a long time.

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