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YaYgoldFish
10-26-2007, 01:36 AM
Well i finally went to the lfs to get the FM. When i got there their was 2 left with other chiclids. One was kind of nipping at the other one and was ALOT more active. SO i thought he was the male and got the other one. If it turns out mine was just sick, then let it be, im sure SHE will recover:ezpi_wink1: When I paid for it the fish had time to pierce the plastic bag! Water everywhere but i got to leave without cleaning anything up up so i dont mind lol.

Heres a picture of my new 2 inch female Firemouth :)

http://i21.tinypic.com/2443br8.jpg

TowBoater
10-26-2007, 01:57 AM
Looks good but I think it's a male, my male is a lot more colorful and my female is kinda dull.

YaYgoldFish
10-26-2007, 02:02 AM
Ugh, that one was dull compared to the other one.If they do breed im in so much trouble..

TowBoater
10-26-2007, 02:03 AM
Lol, I have a pair with a few fish but I wanted to have a pair to give my other fish a snack more then raising them.

YaYgoldFish
10-26-2007, 02:08 AM
I was thinking more between the llines of my convict guarding eggs and killing the kribs, and the firemouth ripping off my plants. Supposedly Fm do that when they breed:confused:

Man i hope not..I wonder what fish i would get if the eggs hatched and lived tho..

TowBoater
10-26-2007, 02:10 AM
Lol, a weird looking blood parrot.:confused: Lol, well I don't know but I am going to try it and mine are around 3" so when they spawn I will let you know if they shred plants or not.

YaYgoldFish
10-26-2007, 02:24 AM
Lol alright let me know...And just for fun what do you feed your Fm's? I got Nutrafin max sinking pellets, nutrafin max floating cichlids pellets and tetracolor crisps..

TowBoater
10-26-2007, 02:36 AM
Mine mainly eat frozen that I alternate. They eat a little sinking cichlid gold by hakari.

YaYgoldFish
10-26-2007, 02:40 AM
Oh, alright thanks, ill try serving the frozen bloodworms a little more often..
You wont get what the guy at the lfs told me:

Frozen foods make your fish grow larger faster. That and the usual"your fish grow as large as the tank" crap..

TowBoater
10-26-2007, 02:44 AM
Lol, don't believe the LFS although frozen is better for your fish. Feed a variety of frozen, I feed Mysis, Brine, Krill, Blood worms, Beef Heart, and Formula one to my tank and alternate it. I also have phyto plankton and squid but that goes to my FOWLR tank so I don't know if they would like it or not.

nanaglen2001
10-26-2007, 08:34 AM
Meekis (FMs) eat almost everything, but plant food. Favourite food is everything which is red and is somthing like an insect or tiny worm. The list of Kuli is a great one, good stuff for feeding a Meeki.

If you have to feed dry/artificial stuff, better take the stuff which sinks prtetty fast. Meekis are not very good to fetch food from the water surface, they are born bottom feeders.

Did I understand correctly? You want to keep your Meeki without other Meekis, then it doesnt matter if male or female.

Lady Hobbs
10-26-2007, 09:39 AM
The P.....parrots don't get along with my Firemouth. Apparently they both get along well with the same fish but not each other.

TowBoater
10-26-2007, 11:13 AM
If they were together young hobbs, then they should have. He has it with a convict which causes me to worry about inter breeding.

YaYgoldFish
10-26-2007, 12:25 PM
Nanaglen: It worries me because i have a female convict.

YaYgoldFish
10-26-2007, 12:30 PM
For food Ill buy some frozen mysis shrimp and something else i can find. Has anyone fed them small bits of shrimp from a supermarket as a treat?

oscarfish21
10-26-2007, 12:57 PM
wow that is amazing that it bit through the plastic bag like that,that is one really killer fish!

TowBoater
10-27-2007, 04:05 AM
Try live ghost shrimp, they are better for it and mine doesn't like them shrimp.

YaYgoldFish
10-27-2007, 01:11 PM
Ive only seen ghost shrimp once here and they were 2 bucks each! Maybe feeder guppies or krib fry?( a little smaller than feeder guppies)

TowBoater
10-27-2007, 05:03 PM
That will work when they get older, 2$ a piece!! Here it is 2.75$ for a dozen.

YaYgoldFish
10-28-2007, 12:09 AM
Maybe i should try online..

TowBoater
10-28-2007, 12:11 AM
Lol or I will sell you a dozen for 5$ +shipping.:c7:

YaYgoldFish
10-28-2007, 12:18 AM
lol might as well buy them for 2 bucks each!

nanaglen2001
10-28-2007, 07:30 AM
You can try feeder guppies but only the young ones 8lets say 1 cm long), and male guppies. The FMs see the colors and the hunting instinct is triggered. Grown Guppies especially the females are too big.

TowBoater
10-28-2007, 12:16 PM
Mine feeds on feeder shrimp, not guppies but they are only 3" or so and on the feeder shrimp, they tear them apart and eat them, not swallow them whole, they are to large.

YaYgoldFish
10-28-2007, 01:10 PM
feeder guppies here are about 1 cm long, they dont have the huge tails like hte bigger guppies..And thanks for the tips guys. Yesterday i went to another lfs looking for a bigger one but only found an even smaller one..Oh well. I hope my guy wont get harrassed too much while im gone..I``m going to visit him this afternoon to see how things are going.

TowBoater
10-28-2007, 04:14 PM
Feeder guppies are just a plain looking guppy, I have several adults I use to give me more and more baby feeders.

YaYgoldFish
10-28-2007, 09:26 PM
Do they breed easily?

TowBoater
10-28-2007, 10:06 PM
Their guppies!! Yea they breed easily and usually out of my bunch, about 8 survive since I have a bunch of Live Plants with them.