I Have Fallen In Love With Firemouth's But I Need Help

Should I get a companion for my Firemouth?

  • Yes

    Votes: 1 33.3%
  • No

    Votes: 2 66.7%

  • Total voters
    3
newfishhobbyist
  • #1
HI everyone, I recently got into the fish keeping hobby and started my tank off with barbs. Unfortunately it wasn't until a few weeks later that I fell in love with Firemouths and decided to get one for my tank. I got one the other day and put it in my tank and he did fine with the other fish for the first few days, there was no nipping or chasing or harassment but this morning I found the firemouth's tail nipped quite badly and my only guess is that the barbs finally started attacking it. Now I bought this Firemouth as a juvenile and its about 3cm's I have 10 barbs in the tank with it. What I would like help with is sexing the Firemouth as I really want to get it a companion for the tank and decided that I may swell get it a partner so they can breed. second I was wondering what I could do to stop it getting attacked until I get it a partner. Also how to tell if they're male or female would be good, or the best strategy to find a suitable match for it.
Thank you
 
Katie13
  • #2
What size tank? Is it cycled?
 
yukondog
  • #3
Welcome to the sight newfish, Barbs do what barbs do, fin nip, If you want a pair I would get rid of the barbs and get several more FM and let them pair up if your tank is big enough, than rehome the ones you don't want.
 
newfishhobbyist
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
What size tank? Is it cycled?
It is cycled and it is a 180litre tank but I plan on upgrading soon
 
Katie13
  • #5
You could do 2 Firemouths, but I wouldn't with the barbs being nippy.
 
DonP
  • #6
What type of Barbs? I have started a new 37g tank with cherry barbs, and I was thinking of getting a firemouth.

I currently have 6 females, they are all very shy. I plan on getting 2 males.
 
SixThreeOh
  • #7
What type of Barbs? I have started a new 37g tank with cherry barbs, and I was thinking of getting a firemouth.

I currently have 6 females, they are all very shy. I plan on getting 2 males.

Cherry barbs would likely become a snack at some point.

I really like firemouths as well. I was going to get some for my 75, but went with another cichlid species.
 
DonP
  • #8
I guess I'll have to pass on the firemouth.
 
newfishhobbyist
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
Cherry barbs would likely become a snack at some point.

I really like firemouths as well. I was going to get some for my 75, but went with another cichlid species.
Which cichlids did you get instead?
 
SixThreeOh
  • #10

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