Firemouth Cichlid
Thorichthys meeki

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

55 gallon


Black, Blue, Orange, Red, White



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 74 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki) is a Central American fish species that will reach a length of seven inches, and live well over twelve years in captivity. The Firemouth Cichlid are relatively passive, and will typically coexist in a Central / South American community tank. The Firemouth Cichlid has been named so due to the explosive coloration below the operculum (gill cover).

Fecundity: The Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki) may produce up to 500 eggs per clutch. After having reproduced, the Firemouth Cichlid will exhibit strong parenthood behaviors. At this time, it is best to ensure each individual in the tank is well-fed, and has plenty of environmental habitat.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.2 to 8.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Omnivore Pellet, Spirulina

Dimorphism: The Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki) male will develop an elongated dorsal, and anal fin. The female will retain her short, round fins. Once mature, the male will display a brighter coloration. The female will retain her slightly duller coloration.

Compatibility: The Firemouth Cichlid (Thorichthys meeki) are typically compatible with other Central / South American fish species such as Jack Dempsey, Severum, Oscar, Geophagus, Silver Dollar, African Knifefish, and Synodontis.

Firemouth Cichlid Photo Gallery

Author: Aquatics Unlimited