View Full Version : Firemouth tank mates

02-25-2008, 11:52 PM
i have 6 baby firemouths in my 55g along with 3 3" pictus cats. i was thinking of getting some clown loaches, and some fiddler crabs, i didnt think the loaches would go well, but i thought i would check.

02-25-2008, 11:53 PM
clown loaches get too big for a 55g tank. you could go for somethign smaller like yoyos.

02-25-2008, 11:53 PM
it would work, but fiddler crabs dont get along with large fish and need 75% land

02-25-2008, 11:56 PM
fiddler crabs need land and when those 6 firemouths are 6 inches big they will dominate that tank. I would stay right where you are at right now. They look small now but in a year you may have some agression problems.... Especially if they mate. They are relatively non aggressive otherwise though...

The clown loaches I would also say no.. Not enough room.

Lady Hobbs
02-25-2008, 11:57 PM
I had clowns with mine and they were fine and also had gourami's, tetra's and silver dollars with all. The only thing that didn't work was my blood parrots and featherfins.

Lady Hobbs
02-25-2008, 11:58 PM
You could use a few giant danio's as dithers.

02-26-2008, 12:33 AM
Once those firemouths get to full size, your tank will be pretty well stocked.

I'd go with a school of smaller fish, also known as dithers.
Giant danios, like Hobbs suggested, would be good. You could keep 6 or 8 of them. I've heard that black skirt and serpae tetras work also, but danios would be the best.

02-26-2008, 01:35 AM
dither? is that a fish or just a term. i didnt think clown loaches got that big, guess they do. ill look into some giant danios. also my firemouths wont eat the pellets. they eat the sinking wafers. should i get some sinking pellets for them? what do they like for a treat? i was thinking about getting them blood worms once a week.

Eric James
02-26-2008, 01:43 AM
man you can mix their food up as much as you want. they love their protien
brine shrimp
blood worms
tubifex worms
I used to get beef heart even
you have quite a few for your tank but they go well with most south american cichlids I've kept them with oscars, convicts and even a juvinile jaguar cichlid.

02-26-2008, 02:01 AM
dither fish are fast, open fish, and when scared fish see the dither fish they see there are no predators and will come out more

02-26-2008, 02:26 AM
ok, ill look into getting some this week