Animal Stories - Convict Cichlid


Animal-World Information about: Convict Cichlid

One of the most popular cichlids, the Convict Cichlid has great coloring and is cheap too!
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Cypher - 2010-12-03
I recently purchased 4 convicts from my local pet store and brought them home and put them in my tank with my Jack Dempsey, Green Terror, Tiger Oscars, Bala Sharks, Pleco, Dinofish, and eels and after a few weeks I noticed a cloud around a pair of the convicts. Upon closer inspection I noticed a lot of small fry. Now the parents claimed the middle of the tank as their territory and they have driven everything out around that area. Which is funny to me since the Convicts are the smallest fish in the tank.

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  • Community Disorganizer - 2011-05-13
    Yea, convicts have an excellent sense of parenting skills. They will fight any fish to the death if they get near their nest. I've seen a pair hold off a few piranhas already!
  • Samuel - 2011-07-08
    Be carefull, because they could kill your other fish if they where smaller. So if the Convicts grow they could or more likey would kill your other fish to protect their young.
  • joel - 2012-04-22
    Convicts are of the more aggressive cichlids despite size, breeding or not, and they will breed often. Watch that they don't pick on slower less aggressive like the oscar for example.
  • Edward - 2012-05-07
    I bought a pair of convicts too and separated them into two tanks. The adult male happily co-exists with clown loaches and mollies. Maybe I have a really tame convict but splitting them up turns them docile.
  • tom - 2012-05-12
    i have bout 15 cichlids in my 5 foot tank and I had a 8 inch silver shark the silver shark lasted 4 hours b4 he was nearly dead so I had to put him in my 3 foot tank with my baby cichlids till I can rehome him but the only fish that is ok with mine is a large pleco bout 11 inches long
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Anonymous - 2012-09-26
I have a 45 gal tank with 3 Convicts in it...2 females and 1 male. And it looks like little strings of hair floating around. What is it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-26
    This could be a few different things.  Does it have any movement? If it does it could be nematodes which is a fancy word for flat waorms.  This is normally from excessive organic matter.  Do a 40% water change and a strict cleaning regiment should take care if that.  Could also be hair algae.  If it stringy from the actual fish it would be parasites.  Little more info would be helpful.
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marie - 2012-05-27
I have 2 tanks 1 is a 10 gallon tank that has a pink convict (female) and striped (male) they are small. Will they breed with them being different types of convicts?

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  • David Brough - 2012-05-28
    I would think they will most likely breed.
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LB - 2012-07-20
Hey, I set up my 40 gallon convict cichlid tank, and now the only thing left is to get the fish themselves. But I'm stuck on deciding what genders to get. I'd like to get a pair (one male, one female) but I'm not sure if I really want to have them breed as I don't have a plan for what to do with the babies, and I don't think two males would be good because I would imagine it would be a war zone. So I've been debating just getting two females. What would be the pros and cons of having just 2 females? Thanks in advance!

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David - 2012-07-10
How long do convict fry take to reach a inch in length and can the fry be kept in a 2ft tank?

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Tristan - 2012-07-01
My pair of convicts bred 5 days ago but after 3 days the eggs were not there and I could not see any fry in the tank. They are housed with 1 female black belt cichlid and another 3 breeding pairs of convicts.

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Tiara - 2012-04-15
I'm interested in breeding a pair of covicts. I have a 6-inch male,1.5-inch male and 1.5-inch female. My female is read to breed and she keeps following the 6-inch male ,would the big male convict kill her and how long will it take for them to pair?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-15
    The two should be fine. How old is the female? May not be sexually matured yet.
  • Tiara - 2012-04-15
    The female is about 8 months and is sexaully mature
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fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-16
I am interested in breeding a pair of convicts. How big of a tank would I need and can I house any other fish with them? Thanks.

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  • David Brough - 2011-10-16
    I've seen them breed in 20 gal or more aquariums. They are very territorial when they are mating. They are a good community cichlid but will defend a territory when breeding so a larger aquarium would help.
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-17
    Thanks! So no other fish with them then?
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Shelby Lynne R - 2011-09-27
Hello I have had a lot of fish in my day. I love them but my cichlid is awesome but very aggresive. I want to get a fire eel again. I'm wondering if that would be a bad idea with my cichlid being so aggresive it seems like I can't put any other fish with it because its so mean. I dont want to get rid of it its beautiful but I really want an eel again in a 75 gallon fish tank do you think they would do ok?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-28
    From what I gather, you have a convict cichlid CONVICT CICHLID and they are pretty agressive and territorial. The Animal World infor says you should be fine with other somewhat agressive fish that can hold their own but they should be about the same size. If one can fit in the others mouth then they do. Read the article attached though. OK?
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-28
    I was thinking and I got to wondering why you just wouldn't get another cichlid? My human had cichlids and she loved them. They were interesting. They built tunnels and cubbies out of the gravel and then she would re arange the tank and they would start again. They would come to surface and chase her finger or come when she tapped the side of the tank. Why not another cichlids. Humble opinion of my human - as eels just don't have the same persaonlaity. Try another cichlid - same kind and that would be a gorgeous tank. Get the opposite sex or even if you have a male - get two females. Make sure about the same size - back to the mouth thing. Then the cichlid has a friend - someone like itself - and you have a more interesting tank. Just a thought from my human.
  • Shelby Lynne R - 2011-10-06
    I would like another convict cichlid but I'm really into eels do you think a fire eel would be ok with my convict cichlid?
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-15
    The fire eel is peaceful while the convict cichlid is aggresive, a 75 gallon tank is a good size. If the fire eel is considerably larger than the cichlid than the combo might be OK. :)
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