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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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. :)
john - 2011-09-25
Hi, I was wondering if I should get a convict cichlid and a peacock eel would it be a good idea? I was thinking about putting them in a 20 gallon with an aerator. Please respond. Oh yeah, I have never owned a cichlid or an eel, but I hear that these two species are good for starters. The fish I have raised are, bettas, guppies, goldfish, and a loach.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-09-25
    In general, convict cichlids, Archocentrus nigrofasciatus, are very aggressive fish. They generally should be kept only with fish that have similar temperaments and that are the same size or larger than themselves. You probably would not want to keep a convict cichlid with a peacock eel, Macrognathus siamensis, because peacock eels are notoriously peaceful fish.

    However, if you wish to try keeping them together, I would make sure you provide them with a large aquarium with lots of hiding places for the eel. Convict cichlids reach a maximum size of 6" and peacock eels reach a maximum size of 12", so because of how much larger the eel gets, they may do OK together. You are also much more likely to have success with juvenile convict cichlids than with full-grown ones. You should keep an eye on them, and if there is any sign of the convict terrorizing the eel, be prepared to separate them into different aquariums.
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.