The Firemouth is by far the best-known Thorichthys species in the hobby, having been first imported into Europe in 1937. The “fire” from which the common name derives is not restricted to the mouth, but extends to the throat, cheeks, and all along the lower area of the body, as far as the caudal fin, making it a most impressive species indeed
- Henchthys meeki
- Guatemala and Yucatan region in Mexico.
- Males up to 6in (1 5cm); females smaller. Behavior: Territorial, particularly during breeding —but not overaggressive toward other similar-sized species.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Roomy, well planted, with ample shelter, open swimming area, and fine-grained substratum. A flat or rounded rock should be provided. Neutral or alkaline, medium-hard water recommended. Temperature range: 70-77 F (21-25 C); slightly higher for breeding.
- Eggs are laid on precleaned site, and both they and the fry are defended by the parents