Thorichthys meeki


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SKU: Coba Firemouth Cichlid TR (T. meeki) SM Categories: ,

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Thorichthys meeki

Common Name: Firemouth Cichlid

Origin: Endemic to freshwater habitats in Central America, specifically found in rivers and lakes in Mexico and Belize.

Geographic Range: Native to Central America.

Diet: Omnivore; In the wild, they feed on a variety of small fish, insects, and invertebrates. In captivity, provide a balanced diet with high-quality pellets, cichlid pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and other protein-rich offerings.

Average Adult Size: Can reach up to 6 inches (15 cm).

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism. Males may develop slightly more extended dorsal and anal fins, and their coloration may intensify during breeding.

Minimum Tank Size: A tank of at least 30 gallons is recommended for adult Thorichthys meeki.

Temperament: Moderately aggressive. Can be kept in a community tank with other cichlids of similar size and temperament.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 6.5-8.0
Temp: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: 5-20 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 20ppm
Tank Setup:

Provide a tank with hiding spots created by rocks, caves, or driftwood.
Use a substrate of sand or fine gravel.
Live plants can be included, but be aware that they might be rearranged due to the fish’s digging behavior.
Note: Thorichthys meeki is known for the distinctive red coloration on its throat, which intensifies during breeding. They are suitable for community tanks with proper tankmates. Regular water changes, proper filtration, and a varied diet contribute to their well-being.

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