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cementglow 12-10-2008 11:17 PM

What goes well with firemouths
 
So what kinds of cichlids can I put in with my firemouth? I tried putting a green severum in there and he got chased around so I had to stick him in my other tank. Any suggestions

jeaninel 12-11-2008 01:08 PM

What size tank?

cementglow 12-11-2008 02:22 PM

80 gallons

jeaninel 12-11-2008 04:11 PM

Jack Dempsey, Salvini, Green Terror, Convicts could all work (not all in the same tank mind you). Also, with cichlids you have to expect some bickering when first introduced. But usually they work out their territories as long as there is enough room in the tank.

For my next tank I want Salvini with either Firemouth or a GT.

cementglow 12-11-2008 09:14 PM

Well I got a three spot cichlid today. The lady said that they sometimes work out and he was being sold at a good price so... But now after reading some more about them on the internet I'm kind of nervous that I might have to take him back to the fish store later. So far they're not fighting but he's only been in the tank for about a half an hour.

iamntbatman 12-12-2008 03:02 AM

Hmmm...that might not work out. The three spot cichlid will get a heck of a lot bigger than the firemouth and will probably bully him. Firemouths can be aggressive against other cichlids and will eat fish small enough to fit in their mouths, but are generally peaceful towards non-cichlids too big to be eaten. I would recommend doing a community setup with this in mind, with something like a group of yoyo loaches, some congo tetras or maybe some rainbows of some kind.

The fish jeaninel listed are all a lot more aggressive than a firemouth (but probably not as much as the three spot cichlid) but might work. My sister's fiancee keeps a firemouth with a Texas cichlid somewhat successfully - the Texas doesn't actually bully the smaller firemouth, but the firemouth is shy and spends most of his time hiding regardless.

jeaninel 12-12-2008 11:21 PM

You have a good size tank. Make sure you have lots of caves, rockwork, driftwood, etc in your tank for hiding places. Let us know how it works out.

cementglow 12-13-2008 09:03 PM

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Originally Posted by jeaninel (Post 157291)
Let us know how it works out.

Not too well. I woke up this morning to two of my giant danios having disappeared. By day two he started getting really nasty to the other fish especially my firemouth so I had to take him back to the store today, unfortunately. I guess I should've asked more questions before buying him. So anyways here's my current fish community:

1 pearl gourami, 2 pictus catfish, 3 (1 for now) giant danios, and the firemouth.

That current set up is working out quite well. No bickering. But I would also like to get one or two more SA cichlids as well if there's any that would work. How about an Oscar would one of them work? I know they get quite large but are also quite mellow. So this time before I rush out and buy one, Would an Oscar work?

jeaninel 12-14-2008 03:15 AM

Oooohh...Didn't know you had the other fish in there. I thought you were just starting with the Firemouth. No, an Oscar would not go with community fish. I think you should just do the Firemouth with the community fish and no other cichlids. Although not sure why the severum didn't work out.

aquatramp 12-14-2008 01:10 PM

Generally Firemouths get along with others and just do the "posturing" to one another. I kept mine with community fish and they were left completely alone by the Firemouth. There are not big fighters like the Texas cichlids, convicts and some of the others and probably wouldn't live thru a big fight. They only get about 5 inches.

I'm just a chicken I guess but hated to see fish just take a beating.


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