29 Gallon Tank Firemouth Cichlid Tankmates?

fishyfriends876

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Hello! I was wondering if there were any tankmates that could live with a firemouth cichlid in a 29-gallon tank.
 

ChrisX

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I don't think a fire mouth can live in a 29g.
 
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fishyfriends876

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ChrisX said:
I don't think a fire mouth can live in a 29g.
The species profile on this forum says a pair can live in 30 gallons. I don't see why 1 of them will need more space then...
 

GlennO

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30 gal is often recommended as the minimum size for a pair but if you've ever seen the size of a mature fully grown pair you might wonder about that. Anyway I think a BN pleco would be a good tankmate.
 

A201

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IMO, a group of large Tetras would be suitable tankmates for a solo FM. Columbian, Bleeding Heart & Buenos Aires Tetras eventually grow bigger than bite size.
It's been my experience that FM males grow to about six inches & become rather thick. Females top out between four to five inches.
Eventually a 29 gal. might be a little tight.
 

tuggerlake26

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I kept a breeding pair in a 29 gallon for a few months. Outside of that, I don't know that I'd recommend it. They get big, bulky, and are pretty mean if you have a pair.

If you're sold on it, I'd either just keep one and some swordtails/platies/small school or larger tetras, or a pair.

They love to dig, so make sure you have substrate that they can fit in their mouths.
 
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fishyfriends876

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Hmm, okay. I may get about 6 of one of those species and maybe 1 bristle nose pleco if I have some glass algae. I don't think the other guys are really a problem if I keep up with water changes because they are small, but yeah I feel like there is a possibility that I may have to rehome the fire mouth if he gets too large. Thanks for the replies, everyone!
 
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