Firemouth Cichlid

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Description of the Firemouth Cichlid

The Firemouth Cichlid is also commonly known as the Redbreasted Cichlid. Is name 'Firemouth' or 'Redbreasted' is derived from the red/orange coloring just under its mouth. The male tends to be larger and more colorful than the female. This species of Cichlid is an egg layer and they form monogamous pairs with both parents helping to care for the fry.

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Firemouth Cichlid

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Popular Name: Firemouth Cichlid
Species: Thorichthys meeki

Profile of the Firemouth Cichlid
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Firemouth Cichlid species.

  • Size: Up to 17cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH: 6.5-8.0. Temp: 23 to 30 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Frozen or Flaked Food

  • Temperament: Good Community Fish

  • Habitat: Shallow, Slow moving rivers in Central America

  • Behaviour: Only become aggressive to other Cichlids during spawning

  • Range: Central America Rivers

Scientific Classification of the Firemouth Cichlid
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Thorichthys meeki

  • Popular Name: Firemouth Cichlid - Redbreasted Cichlid

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family:Cichlidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Firemouth Cichlid?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Firemouth Cichlid slimy?
Firemouth Cichlid secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Firemouth Cichlid to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Firemouth Cichlid have gills?
Gills enable the Firemouth Cichlid to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Firemouth Cichlid have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Firemouth Cichlid has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Firemouth Cichlid has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Firemouth Cichlid has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Firemouth Cichlid has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Firemouth Cichlid

Firemouth Cichlid

  • Interesting Information about Firemouth Cichlid

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Firemouth Cichlid slimy?

  • Why do the Firemouth Cichlid have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Firemouth Cichlid have fins?

  • Species: Thorichthys meeki

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