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ringo495
01-20-2009, 10:34 AM
I've got 4 firemouths about 2" long with an angel thats about an 1" long. Right now the firemouths aren't very dark and i was wondering if they're colors will develop when they get older?? Cuz i've seen lots of pictures of older firemouths with much darker coloring. Mine don't really have much red where it should be. Also about how old do they become sexually mature?

Jcushing
01-20-2009, 11:04 AM
they will show color when they mature, having more than one (wich you do) helps them show their color more. i would expect around the 3" mark they should start. males will color up more when they are displaying to females or trying to show off to other males

heres a couple shots of my male from thismorning
they will show color when they mature, having more than one (wich you do) helps them show their color more. i would expect around the 3" mark they should start. males will color up more when they are displaying to females or trying to show off to other males


http://www.cichlidforums.com/postimages/2009-01-20/244128-001.jpg

http://www.cichlidforums.com/postimages/2009-01-20/244128-002.jpg

i have 2 males and they are about 4.5" now and showed decent color at the 3" mark.

ringo495
01-20-2009, 12:07 PM
Ok thanks, about how big do they have to get before they will start pairing off and breeding??

Jcushing
01-20-2009, 12:13 PM
right around the 3" mark....

mr firemouth has some good info on firemouths http://acaforum.com/index.php?automodule=blog&blogid=1&&req=printentry&eid=1

jombi21
01-20-2009, 09:25 PM
Really nice full body shots, J. I have some F1 Firemouths growing up and they just started coloring on their fins. I'm just as eager as you are.

Jom

Escobert
01-21-2009, 03:21 AM
I have 5 firemouths and 4 paired off about the 2 1/2 3 inch mark. the 5th guy got sad and had to be moved into another tank.

Jcushing
01-21-2009, 09:08 AM
sounds like you got lucky with your m/f ratios getting 2 pairs out of 5 fish is is good ;)

whats the sex of the unpaired fish?

Escobert
01-21-2009, 01:20 PM
I think it's a female but I'm honestly not sure. I got pretty beat up which makes me think it's a male but it's smaller than my males and less colorful.