Fish / Freshwater

Firemouth Cichlid Information

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The Firemouth is a popular aquarium fish due to their fiery red color and hardy nature. It is native to Central America and it is distributed in Río Tonalá system near Coatzacoalcos, on Mexico’s Atlantic slope, the states of Veracruz, Chiapas, Tabasco, the Yucatán Peninsula, Belize and northern Guatemala. It inhabits typically shallow, slow-moving rivers, lagoons, wetlands, ponds, canals, roadside ditches and streams over soft sediments with pH of 6.5-8.0 and water temperature of 70-75° F. They stay close to vegetation near the shore where they feed on algae along with some meaty foods within sandy or muddy bottoms.

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