Firemouth Meeki Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki) CareSheet
The Firemouth Meeki Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki) is a sociable fish that forms partnerships and is frequently "loyal" to its partners. The Firemouth Meeki Cichlid has an orange face, a red/yellow belly, and a bright blue rear half.
A tank of at least 20 gallons is required for the Firemouth Meeki Cichlid. Several thick plant groupings and sufficient of free swimming area should be present in the tank. A few caves and stones for the Firemouth Meeki Cichlid to spawn on are also required. The Firemouth Meeki Cichlid is a gentle fish that makes a great addition to the communal tank.
However, if this fish is housed in an aquarium with no hiding spots, it may grow hostile against tiny tankmates.
The Firemouth Meeki Cichlid is an egg layer that enjoys water with a mild to medium hardness, a neutral pH, and somewhat warmer temperatures (77-82°F). The water should be supplemented with peat. On stones and, on rare occasions, in depressions, the female will lay up to 200 eggs. The fry are reared by both the male and female, and they have been observed to take them into their mouths to protect them like a mouth brooder. It's important not to let the fry be sucked into the filter.
Requirements for keeping Thorichthys meeki
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 77-82°F; pH 6.0-7.5
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 6"
Firemouth Meeki Cichlid: Amazing Fish