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Photo from: "Atlas Aquarium fishes", A TFH publication.

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Please remember that the following comments are personal experiences and may or may not apply to your setup. Use them as guide to help better understand your fish, like us all individuals will behave differently under different circumstances.


From: Jeremy
My firemouth is only a baby. It is only about an inch long. It is already picking on the Chinese algae eater I put in with it. It eats live goldfish for a snack. He goes through about four small ones a day(by small I mean about 1/4 of an inch long). He seems to ram them I have two oscars and the firemouth is more vishous than they are.

From: Ben
Firemouths are just great I just brought a pair they are just small but they are great fish. I finally wanted to breed them after having a few in a community tank for years. Remember the thing with firemouths are that they will attack smaller firemouths so only add them if they are the same size!! As for being aggressive mine are definitely not! but again it all depends on how you stock your tank other fish that can look after themselves also give the fish plenty of space. To many people over crowd fish. And what this person keeping a firemouth with a goldfish?? gold fish are cold water and Cichlids are warm water!! these people really annoy me!! Coldwater with coldwater and tropical with tropical!! What these people gonna do next try marine in a tropical tank?? (that was a joke dpn't try it please!!) any qustions on these fish just g1ve me a bell

From: Mickey
I have two firemouths with three jewel and a small midas all around 3-4 inches in a 60 gallon the male firemouths is my second most aggressive cichlid my first is an 7 inch female midas and I have 6 inch Texas cichlid. Firemouths are very colorful and aggressive even when not breeding at least my male is he swims around the whole tank trying to fight or chasing the female firemouth around

From: Heath
Temperament depends on the individual. My females were less tolerant of different species housed with them than the males are. Gets along with loaches and barbs and some large tetras. May be to docile to mix with super aggressive species.

From: Neil
I have two firemouths in my tank, these fish are very quiet and peaceful and will bring colour to any tank. I found that my firemouths relish bloodworm and will reward you with they extreme colours.

From: Liv
By far the most interesting fish I have ever bred. I had been paying very little attention to them recently and just the other morning I noticed them Flaring their gill sacks at me everytime a I walked by, Normally they just want food. So I had a closer look and realized they had Fry.. WOW! They are Voracious parents and my wife and I are just amazed at there parental instinct. I cannot put my hand in the tank without getting nipped. I have been feeding the fry Hatched Brine Shrimp (artemia) and crushed cichlid pellet. They don't appear to have lost many fry I am surprised because they are in a tank with 3 Congo tetra's who normally eat anything that moves and is small enough, But the Firemouths won't let anything near them (even me). I highly recommend these fish to beginner breaders or anyone who just loves fish with character.. they take the cake!






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