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My firemouth tank

Postby cov » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:36 am

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Hi nearly finished my firemouth tank so thought I'd post a short vid, as you can see it has 3 fire mouths and 4 swordtails. It's a 3ft tank with a 3D background led lighting beach sand and filtered by an aps1400 external. Just need some plants to finish probably silk ones as live plants normally die on me lol. Any comments welcome and any ideas to maybe make it better welcomed. Thanks for looking :tu:
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby bradderz123 » Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:30 pm

When we were kids my brother was mad about Firemouths - I was a Blue Acara fan myself. Seeing two Firemouths flaring up to each other was a sight to behold.

In my LFSs you don't see many of these any more - the fashion seems to have moved to electric blue this or that, Parrot Fish or Severums - Convicts, standard Jack Dempseys seem also to be rare and I can't remember the last time I saw a Jaguar cichlid.

I was under the impression that, whilst Firemouths can be good in a community tank, if they breed then swordtails might not be hardy enough? I might be wrong though.

I agree it needs something else to make it 'pop'.
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby cov » Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:36 pm

Hi bradderz the idea is to get a pair of firemouth a out of the 3 got 2 males 1 female thought I'd give her a choice lol. If they do breed and the swordtails look in danger then I'll move them to community tropical tank. And I agree looks bland without plants but it's getting there :tu:
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby bradderz123 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:38 am

Do keep us updated :tu:
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby cov » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:51 pm

Will do . Have just ordered some silk plants will post a pic when I put them in :tu:
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby gavinh87 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:02 pm

Very nice fish these, had a few when i was younger. @ Bradderz, maidenhead aquatics near me have a tank loaded with 8"+ jaguars that they cannot shift.
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby bradderz123 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:54 am

gavinh87 wrote:Very nice fish these, had a few when i was younger. @ Bradderz, maidenhead aquatics near me have a tank loaded with 8"+ jaguars that they cannot shift.


It's a big ask that someone has a 'empty' species tank or one large enough that has space for fish that are already that big I would have thought. It can't be their look that scares people off (although it might be their demeanour!) so it must be something else?

Maybe I'm different but I like to see the fish develop into adults.

Bet they look stunning though!?
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby cov » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:28 pm

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Just a quick update pic . I received the plants today what do you think?
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby gavinh87 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:25 pm

I'm not a fan of plastic plants myself but its your tank and you can do what you like :tu:
If we all had the same taste life would be pretty boring!

@Bradderz, it does look pretty awesome, although the tank is probably older than me scratched to hell even ancient T8 bulbs that make the water look yellow. I'll try to get some photos next time I'm there.
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Re: My firemouth tank

Postby cov » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:32 pm

They are silk not plastic plastic plants look crap and can scratch the fish . But as you say each to there own and as I can't keep live plants alive this is the best option :tu:
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