Firemouth Meeki

Firemouth Meeki

Country of Origin: 🇺🇸USA
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Firemouth Meeki

General Background

Firemouth meeki is a moniker of a fish known to scientists and aquarium enthusiasts as the Thorichthys meeki or the Firemouth cichlid. It gets its name from the streak of bright orange that starts from its lower jaw and stretches down to its caudal fin. It’s an excellent pet for first-time aquarium owners because of its less aggressive nature in contrast to its cichlid brethren and its resilience to changing aquarium environments.

The firemouth meeki is a freshwater fish that hails from the rocky rivers of Mexico, Colombia, and the Caribbean. It lives in caves, fissures, and other underwater structures with sandy substrates and moderate levels of sunlight. Many American states and Pacific countries consider it an invasive species because of its highly adaptive nature and ability to procreate rapidly.

The firemouth is one of the most popular ornamental fishes in the aquarium trade, with many traders breeding them commercially. They’re peaceful but can display highly territorial behavior during mating seasons. They don’t school with other fish, favoring roomier tanks that allow them to define and mark their territories.

The male firemouth has brighter and larger fin rays, while females have more rounded, bigger bellies. Females only grow to a maximum of five inches, while males reach six inches by adulthood. The coloration of the firemouth can change depending on their childhood environment, and the lower Grijalva River region in Tabasco, Mexico, is famous for having the most colorful ones in the world.

Feeds and Feeding

The firemouth meeki are not picky about their diets, and they can survive on anything you drop into the aquarium. In the rivers of Mexico, they feed on organic detritus, copepods, small crustaceans, and invertebrates. It is not a good idea to put them in the same tank as snails and brine shrimp.

Firemouths are omnivores who like to feed twice a day. Give them fortified flakes, spirulina, and spinach with a side of blood worms and mosquito larvae to keep them healthy.

Tankmates

The firemouth cichlid makes excellent tankmates with other fish that won’t encroach on their territories during spawning seasons.

Because of their peaceful and docile nature, males will sometimes experience harassment from more sizable and territorial tank fish. However, females are adept at evading these attacks by blending in with other fish.

South American cichlids of similar sizes and schooling fish like the pictus catfish and rummy nose tetras make good tankmates for the firemouth.

FAQ

How Do Firemouths Spawn?

Firemouths are monogamous. A female will lay eggs in fissures and cracks, and the male will guard them aggressively.

What Do Firemouth Fry Eat?

Infant firemouths will be able to swim in five to six days. They only require powdered flake food or young brine shrimp to stay healthy.

DOA Policy

While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive. We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.

We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish but  shipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer. If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.

Shipping Policy

Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.

FAQ

"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"

-         We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.

"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"

-         While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive. We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense. If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us,  with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.

"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"

-         We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.

"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"

-         Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!

"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"

-         Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.

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