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Crocer 11-01-2011 04:16 PM

a few questions abouit fire mouth cichlids
 
How many can I (if any) have in a 44 gallon tank? Are they ok with gravel?
also I just bought a new filter good for 45-70 gallon tanks, will this cause to much current for them? And finally, will a bubbler ornament cause them stress?

willow 11-01-2011 04:46 PM

mine don't fuss over bubbles if and when i have them,as for the gravel,
i find they love to dig pits for the fry,so don't expect perfect gravel lol,
mine like to choose between lots of cover and being out in the open,especially with the fry,
they're are in a planted tank with rocks,wood and caves

Byron 11-01-2011 07:44 PM

Have a read of our profile, click on Firemouth. It references substrate, and in a 40g a pair is fine. The bubbler is fine as Willow mentioned, but they do not like a strong current, as mentioned in the profile.

Crocer 11-03-2011 09:51 PM

what would be some good plants I can put in with theses guys?

jeaninel 11-04-2011 02:13 AM

You could try anubias or java fern attached to wood. These guys like to dig in the gravel so most substrate plants would likely get dug up unless they are sturdy, well established plants like maybe amazon swords.

willow 11-04-2011 05:55 AM

i've got java in with mine,also giant vallis,
i've found mine like to dig under the drift wood,so i had to keep this in mind when
placing it in the tank,also rocks need to be sunk down into the substrate otherwise
under mining can be dangerous,they will love you for plenty of caves.

jeaninel 11-04-2011 01:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by willow (Post 883932)
i've got java in with mine,also giant vallis,
i've found mine like to dig under the drift wood,so i had to keep this in mind when
placing it in the tank,also rocks need to be sunk down into the substrate otherwise
under mining can be dangerous,they will love you for plenty of caves.

Yea, I have a younger female that likes to dig the sand out from under one side of a piece of driftwood to create a kind of "cave". The driftwood has a natural curve to it so it makes a perfect hidey hole for her.

willow 11-05-2011 03:38 PM

if i had a tank spare i would house them on their own,as the fry are getting eaten,
and i would like some to reach maturity.


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