Animal Stories - Convict Cichlid

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One of the most popular cichlids, the Convict Cichlid has great coloring and is cheap too!
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Bethanie Faye Charlton - 2013-08-12
I recently lost my 6.5 inch male convict to an unknown reason. I've had him for over 5 years since he was a baby (1.5cm). He's had four different partners, and a lot of baby's, which he ate pretty much all of them then mauled the female's, he was very nasty. I've never had a problem with anything eg: pH levels and all that. His tank was always in a perfect condition, and there was only ever him and a female in the tank. I really just want an answer as to why he died, he was a little unwell & off colour the day before he passed. He ate a few feeder fish, which I gave him as a treat cause there his favorite earlier that day, he always had a great appetite and would eat anything. He didn't have any spots or anything out of the ordinary, he was just a bit lighter in colour then usual. He became quite lethargic and would come to the front of the tank and follow my finger like he always did, I tried giving him some bloodworms but he wasn't interested at all. I gave the tank a water change a week before, but he was fine after that. When I found him the next day, he was belly up on the bottom of the tank, he was his normal colour, but his eyes were very cloudy and bulging, and he was bloated but he wasn't like that the day before. There was nothing wrong with the water, and the female was her normal self and still is, maybe just a little lost without him,  I got a new male and the female is getting along fine with him, will she breed again?


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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    It could have been anything, really. It sounds like he was getting a little older and he possibly just got an illness which took him down? Just like people, animals and fish can get sick too. It sounds like you were doing everything else right and it would be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of death.
Max miller - 2013-04-20
Hi i have a 45 gal long with 3 black anglefish i have a tank divider with cichlids like convcits and parrots and green terror they are all about 3-4 in and the angels are 3-4 inch can the angles be with the cichlids

Jason Aldridge - 2013-04-05
Two convicts and water make babies. If you put two male convicts in there they would probably find a way to make babies. So yes Max it is an easy thing to achieve breeding convicts, No matter what color they are.

Max miller - 2013-04-04
Can you cross breed convict cichlids? Like a pink convict cichlid and a black convict cichlid, will that work?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    Yes Convict Cichlids are easily crossed with their own species, and they are a very prolific breeder!
CherriBombe - 2012-12-28
My female cichlid was in a 200 litre crn tank with 3 males . One male had to be moved, they were beating him up all day n nite. So now I had the two males fi8ghting over her. Next day she changed mates and changed mate again next day. This became a habit. I thought shew wanted both males until added a lonely smaller female. The whole tank turned on her...I was very worried she would be killed. They were relentless. Soon she teamed up with the other male and he seemed to be teaching her things, like how to fight. Which she picked up the aggression very well, her name is Dynamite. The other female is nesting and seems to have turned viciously on her mate and chases and attacks so very viciously. He is very gentle and mostly maintains a healthy distance but she won't have him coming anywhere near and chases him bites him and sprints back to her nest. Will they make up or will he be banished to the back of the tank forever? Ps, I plan to insert a divider tomorrow, so the two pairs can focus on raising their babies and not spar. I feel its not good to have them always being so hostile. They are gorgeous I love them. Thnku

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-28
    Some times simply adding some new structure or rearranging will calm these fish down.
Anonymous - 2013-01-25
I just cleaned my tank like 4 hours ago and now my convict is acting weird, it stays at the bottom and doesn't really move much. I put a few drops of Nutrafin cycle in there I don't know if that would bother it? And the temperature is fine, But I think he's gonna die! :( He's usually swimming around or swimming up for food when I come close to the tank but now he's barely moving. PLEASE help I don't know what to do, there's no pet stores opened now.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-26
    How much water did you change? If you changed more than 10-20% then the established nutrient levels in the water may be compromised. I don't believe the Nutrafin Cycle would be causing any problems. It sounds like he may have become severely stressed? I'm not sure there is much you can do right now other than wait and see if he comes around.
Kristy - 2012-04-04
I am looking for a source of several hundred cichlids. They will be research animals, not pets. I am doing a study looking at male mate choice and fecundity based on selection of female in relation to the size of her orange 'patch'. The animals will not be required all at once (actually it is preferable that they are not all at once) but we will need about 50 at a time. We need fish which are greater than 1 inch in length and about twice the number of females to males.
If anyone has any suggestions!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-05
    Local pet store a great source and they can order as needed. May even be willing to sponser if you can make it worth their wild!
  • Sandra Reyes - 2012-11-04
    I have a lot of them plus they need to go. I put them on craigslist for $.75 a each.
DTemp - 2012-01-07
I have 7 cichlids in a 20 gallon tank. I got them as babies, but they are now about 2-3 inches long. The tank is not staying clean for more than a week and they are eating all their food within minutes. Do I need to upgrade them to a larger tank? Also, they hide a lot and are mainly at the bottom of the tank... I am new with this breed of fish... Is this typical? Thanks. Any input will help :)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-14
    You will find with that many fish at 2-3 inches you will want to go up to a 55 gallon long tank. Once you add the ground cover and decorations you end up with much less then 20 gallons. Try to stay with the inch a fish a gallon rule. How long has the tank been established?
  • Collecting Clownfish - 2012-02-14
    Breeding fish can be fun and satisfying, so I can see your desire to do so! lol Convict Cichlids, like most larger cichlids live in harems. With these fish, you can get away with one or two females per male, which may be okay in a 20 gallon if you cannot afford another tank. The other thing is, cichlids rule of thumb is 1 per 10 gallons, so again, find a male and female and take the others to the pet store, and see if they will take them or give you store credit for fish food or something.

    Cloudy water tells me your bacteria level cannot keep up with your 7 fish in a 20 gallon. Getting lace rock, where lots of bacteria can adhere to and multiply will help tremendously with the cloudy water. Feeding live foods, which you didn't mention if you did, is not the best idea with cichlids as it makes them more aggressive and polluted the water.... sort of a side point. If you want to keep more than 2 or 3, I would buy a 55 gallon.... get one on craigslist, they are pretty cheap, and make two areas (one on each end) that defines space, and then you may keep 2 males and 2 to 3 females. Getting a good canister filter will also help with water quality. ENJOY!!!!
  • mat everill - 2012-02-20
    Hey the guy saying 1 per ten gallon must be rich or some thing. 1 per 1 gallon is right and the cloudy water - some options plant light for the algae to grow so the bacteira will grow or a 10% water change. Increase or feed your fish a little less or take out uneaten food or a better filter. Have any small fountains? Take out the motor. Not hard at all. Put mesh over it - stick in tank. That works good cleaning filter works good or put mesh in the filter. Hope I helped
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-14
    Convicts when mating are tough against other fish in the tank.
  • Janne - 2012-05-08
    Those 3 gallon tanks are suicide for most fish except the Betta. Your angelfish is either dying, cramped, or will need a new home soon. May I recommend 20 gal extra high? Once you get your new tank I would reccomend Discus. Was this answer helpful?
  • Gail Trout Matlock - 2012-10-14
    My friends bought some fish from the local pet store. They purchased 2 convicts male & female, another pair of that breed of fish & a long yellow & black strip fish. They had fish about 2 or 3 weeks & one evening I was over there & i noticed a bunch of lil bitty baby fish. So now its been about 5 or 6 weeks since their birth. How often do they breed? which one has the orange one the belly? one of the babies is really white no lines. 1st time breeding
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    See the info above... these fish will breed every few weeks. Remove the babies to start them again, as the female may eat the babies if they are left in the tank.
Tristan - 2012-02-12
I bought 2 convict cichlids 2 weeks ago and I don't know how to tell male and female but they are not fighting. They are with 2 green terros and a pair of rainbow cichlids in a 3ft tank which have been living in that tank for 2 years. Would my convict cichlids cause any problems in the tank?

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  • Tristan - 2012-02-16
    But they are not aggresive to each other. Both the convivts are being aggresive to the other tank occupants.
  • Tristan - 2012-02-15
    But I am having difficulty sexing them because they both are quite big and both seem to have pointed tips. But both have no yellow or orange colour on their bellys.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-15
    Tristan- How old are the Convicts? Normally it takes 5 to 6 months for the orange to show up on the belly. If they are yet that old maybe wait a month or two to see if the color shows up. If it does not I would get two females. In the meantime if they start getting aggressive it helps to rearrange to rearrange their tank often to keep them busy building their territory.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    Convicts, if they become a mated pair, could pose issues to the aquarium. However, in my personal experience, I have kept Rainbow Cichlids with Convict Cichlids even as a breeding pair, and I find that as long as the Convict Cichlids have ample room, then everything will be balanced.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-14
    Normally the females will have a fatter belly with some orange to the belly.
  • joel - 2012-04-22
    Male convicts also begin to have a bigger bulky forehead, with not as 'bright' coloring. Hope that helps.