Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-30-2006, 01:51 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: BFE North carolina
Posts: 472
Firemouth chiclids

I have a pair of firemouth chiclids and did the basic research before I bought them but I am having trouble finding any specific information concerning behavior and optimum conditions. Right now they are in a lightly planted low light tank with drift wood and rockwork which they hide in constantly. Id this normal behavior they are in water of ph 7.2 and at 78 degrees F. All Ammonia and nitrites are 0 with nitrate at about 15 ppm for the plants. I do PWC's about every 3 days of about 10%. I dose flourish once a week and flourish excel everyday. I feed them assorted frozen food. Bloodworms, brine shrimp and omega one flake food.
__________________

__________________
Scottm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2006, 02:11 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Burning-Ham Alabama
Posts: 170
Those sound like some happy firemouths. My one firemouth is in almost identical water conditions and he does great. He also does hide almost all the time in his cave, so I think that is quite normal.

I do 50% water changes every 5-7 days.

Here is one profile of the species

http://www.americancichlids.com/firemouth.htm
__________________

__________________
YuccaPatrol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2006, 12:17 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SO CAL
Posts: 106
How long have you had them? Ive had similar cichlids and sometimes they take a couple days or weeks to get comfortable. Everything you're doing sounds fine.
__________________
60 gallon
Hydrocynus vittatus 5"
channa gachua 4"
Danio malabaricus 3" x2
Balantiocheilus melanopterus 3"
Geophagus Altrifons 2" x4
Peacock Cichlids? 3"
anythingscales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2006, 01:01 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: BFE North carolina
Posts: 472
I've had them for about 2 weeks. In my experience it is unusual for fish to be shy this long. I'm starting to think about appropriate dither fish.
__________________
Scottm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2006, 05:44 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BrianNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: NY
Posts: 4,535
Just a few thoughts for you Scott. It's possible that your fish aren't shy but spooked by activity near the tank. Do they come out to feed? Try turning the lights off in the room and observing them for a while quietly.

These are intelligent fish as far as fish go. They should eventually become accustomed enough to you and their tank to feel comfortable venturing out. They may also be close to spawning. In that case they would never venture far from the place they've staked a claim to.
__________________
BrianNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2006, 01:47 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: BFE North carolina
Posts: 472
They are no where near full grown yet about 2" each. So I don't think they are spawning. I think they are just spooked by me. They don't really come out to feed they wait till I walk away and pick it off the bottom or only dart out of their caves a little. Not that I mind too much. I just would like to see them sometimes.
__________________
Scottm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2006, 03:53 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BrianNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: NY
Posts: 4,535
Well be patient and and you will get to see them. Some things just can't be rushed.
__________________

__________________
BrianNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
chi, firemouth

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What do you feed your chiclids? oneball Cichlid Discussion 7 08-22-2008 09:53 PM
African Chiclids? newgirl40 Cichlid Discussion 5 08-22-2008 09:43 PM
chiclids nitrous Cichlid Discussion 3 11-11-2005 11:10 PM
Raising my PH for Chiclids? Jdills1347 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 71 09-27-2005 06:18 AM
African Chiclids ram6519 Cichlid Discussion 3 05-30-2005 11:30 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.