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I noticed the past couple days the male digging this deep hole in the sand next to a big rock. he's also become much more dominant and aggresive, only allowing the female in his territory. He even started flaring up at me when I tried taking his picture, something he never did before. Right now the two are hanging around the cave they've made in the sand under the rock. I'm excited! Here's a pic I took with my cell phone, it was hard to get a good one because he was flaring up so much!

 

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Beautiful! I really want a firemouth! Do you think they would eat a full grown black neon tetra? (they are bigger than normal neons) How aggressive are they when not breeding? Would one be ok in a 55g with a festivum, a pair of keyholes, corys, otos, and various tetras?
 

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Can't say for sure if they'd eat the tetras, neons, or otos, its possible. The smallest fish I have with mine are Swordtails. They don't bother them at all. For the most part they're not too aggressive, but there is definately a hierarchy. You'd be fine with one in a 55g and I've heard they're okay with other similar cichlids like festivums. I actually have 4 adults and 3 juveniles in my 55g and everything is fine.
 

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congrats!

Fire mouths are one of my favorite fish no doubt.:thumbsup:

These guys will eat ANYTHING thing that will fit in their mouths. I have actually seen them eat things that didn't fit in there either:eek5:
 

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Still don't see any eggs yet, but they have one helluva cave built. I saw the male moving sand out with his mouth, now they've got this cavern under a big rock.
 

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One of the more peaceful cichlids, and my favorite. I had one for years with my black skirt tetras and otos and he never ate anyone.
 

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Well they spawned and I now have what I'm guessing to be about 50 or 60 free swimming fry. I moved them into they're own ten gallon bare bottom tank with a sponge filter, heater, and some java moss and pennywort floating on top. They're eating baby brine shrimp. I'm one happy fish keeper!
 

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Day three of free swimming fry. I have seen only one casualty, out of at least 50 fish. This has really inspired me and I feel stoked about the fish keeping hobby!
 
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