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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jose - 2011-07-11
I have 6 pink convict cichlids and I want to breed them. They're about 1 inch and a half.
How long does it take so they can spawn? I have had them for a month.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    Convict cichlids are supposed to be very easy (most state the easiest) to breed. They also breed at a young age - They start looking for a mate before a year old - so look for pairing and will usually breed before they are two --- usually about 2 inches.

    This is a link on U-Tube which shows convict cichlids actually spawning. There are other videos on U-Tube whih show the egg laying, hatching and fry.

    Have fun
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-09-01
    you need about a medium sized tank with no other other fish in it except the pair. you also need a flat rock and a cave or two. the eggs hatch in about 3 days. after they are free swimming,give them newly hatches brine shrimp. after they are about half an inch give them crushed flake food.
    Good Luck.
Tom Pietruszka - 2009-11-07
I have had Pink Convict Cichlids (in my classroom for the multiply handicapped) for many, many years. I have around a dozen of them in a 125 gallon tank... and they periodically have babies, which I give away to staff or give away (without charge) to a local pet store. Many of the Pink Convicts in our class are quite old... they've been doing well for many years and are very long lived. Some of the older males have the nuchal humps that many cichlid species get when they become elderly. At home I also have a 125 gallon tank of Pink Convicts. I also have a tank with some of the regular colored Convicts. It seems to me that the Pinks are more friendly and gregarious (toward me) than is the regular color type. Also it seems that the Pinks (an almost albino, leucistic variety) are less aggressive to each other than is the wild type. I've had all kinds of cichlids, from discus to Angels to Africans... but one cannot beat the Convicts for sociable interaction with the keeper, interesting breeding behaviors, and longevity; they are underrated!

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  • jose - 2011-07-11
    May I have some to breed of myself? Please.
Ben - 2011-07-03
Are Convict Cichlids compatible with Firemouth Cichlids. I have a pair of Firemouths along with some various livebearers (they provide food every so often) in a 55 gallon Central American themed fish tank. It is planted with some sagittaria subulata, ludwiga repens and an impressive Echinodorus cordifolius. Would a male/female pair of convicts work in this set up? Thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-07-03
    This combination could work fine in a large enough aquarium and with plenty of places to hide. However, by putting in a convict pair, this creates a breeding situation and could lead to them becoming very aggressive. The firemouths get pretty large and need a lot of room, and with adding a pair of convicts this would dictate needing even more room. Also, if you added all of these fish together as juveniles (1 inch long) they would probably do better in the long run than if they are introduced as adults because they would not already have territories set up.
Benny - 2011-01-08
I have a female striped convict with a reddish orange thing stickind out of her rectum, can someone tell what this is?

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  • Community Disorganizer - 2011-05-13
    Benny, it's most likely an egg shoot; a way to release the eggs. I suppose you also house a male convict with her? If not, she will still release the eggs, they will just not get fertilized.
Mong Chebulkivava - 2011-03-31
Convict cichlids are a nasty cichlid. Their bite hurts and they hurt my expensive and beloved fish. They are colorful but dangerous to the lives of other fish.

L-One - 2009-05-27
I bought a pink Convict male and a Zebra(stripped) female. within a week I had about 40 babies. Its been about 2 months and some of my babies are about ! half to 2 inches long. One fish especially sticks out from the rest i call him D-Bo( from the movie FRIDAY) He is a monster. Im just trying to fing my best femals and males to try and start the process over again in a seperate tank. All my babies were born with Stipes. I was a lil Mad but some are very light in color while other like D-Bo are daarkish. How can i tell the difference in males and females besides their size. i think i have some big females too and i want to choose them for breeding. They all have long Dorsal fins and cant make out their underbelly fins yet. Any one out there to HELP! Time is running out.

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  • five barred - 2011-03-21
    if you look the ones that have long dorsol fins are males the ones that have a slight of a pointed fin is a male.
Breeding Convict Cichlids - 2009-09-02
Breeding convict cichlids is fun. How they dance in water and make their future frys. Of course the best care is a requirement! Never let them fail. I wrote this,

stephaun - 2009-05-15
My name is Stephaun. I am 13 years old and I love to keep cichlids. I currently have 3 tanks. One 75 gallon that houses one male Red Devil, also a 300 gallon tank with one Red Devil, two Flowerhorn, one Buttikoferi, one Clown Knife fish, and two large Plecostomus. The last but not least tank I have is a 55 gallon tank with two breeding pairs of Convict Cichlids. I love cichlids and I will continue to love them forever.

Art Anderson - 2009-04-04
I live in Florida and raise both Zebra and Pick Chichlids. I have several outside pounds around my house. Three years ago I started with 4 Zebras and 4 Pinks in a 55 gallon tank. I now have several thousand and sell them to local pet stores in my area. I am trying to bread in a new color species. I have been able develop a pink speckled fish, but I only have 3 of them. I am trying hard to get them to breed.

Anonymous - 2009-03-30
I bought two pairs a year ago for my 40 gallon. One pair immediatly started breeding, although the other didn't. A few months later the non breeding male started breeding with the other pairs former babies! Then both pairs attacked the lonely female to the point she just hid in a corner. We gave her away, and later the other male. One thing for sure is that they are vicious to the point that the not full grown Jack dempsey that is with them is scared to come out EVER, and she is pretty big.