Animal Stories - Texas Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Texas Cichlid

Named after the state where it originates, the Texas Cichlid is the only naturally occuring cichlid from the United States!
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Enrique - 2014-06-07
My Texas cichilds had babyies, now about one month old and have about 100 babies still. But now the male started to beat on the female. Does anyone have an idea why? I have them in a 120 gal. with one pleco.

gotness - 2013-08-04
I have a 40 gallon tank with 2 tinfoil barbs, 2 jack Dempsey, 1 haplichromis ahli, a kennyi cichlid, and a leopard plecostomus. They all are sexually mature but none of them are full size. Is this a problem? If so, how can I fix it to make them grow bigger? (I'm investing in a 75 gallon)

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    Yes a 40 gallon tank is a little small for all those fish when full-grown! I think you are doing the right thing by upgrading to a 75 gallon tank. That is likely to help them achieve their full-grown size. Other than that, just make sure to feed them a nutritious diet and perform regular water changes. I'm not sure if it is really a problem that they are not growing any larger, but it would be optimum healthwise to provide ideal conditions.
greg - 2010-09-17
i picked up a texas cichlid from portland or and she ended up mating with my green terror cichlid and now i have about 50 to 100 babies and am anxious to see what they are goin to look like cant wait. also they havent tried to kill any of the other fish, but they are picking on my 13in sucker fish.

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  • kay - 2010-12-27
    Are they fresh water fish and would they live in a 10 gallon tank ok and also are you wanting to get rid of any of them?
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-11-05
    What color does those babies have?
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-05
    Good luck with those fry!
  • phil - 2013-07-18
    I am very interested in purchasing some from you when they come of age....E-mail me back please and we can discuss about how to send them thank you.
Dan Lewis - 2005-05-13
I have had my Tex for about 2 years he is about 7 inches now. He has killed all other tank mates up to this point but recently I put a divider in the tank. I have placed a baby Jaguar Cichlid in the other side and a large Pleco in his side. The Pleco has taken a beating but is fine now. The baby Jaguar has gotten through the divider and is still alive! The Tex even protects him, they swim together, eat side by side, and if the Pleco comes close to the baby Jag he gets a stern warning by the Tex. I have never seen this sort of behavior before, I am truly shocked (and happy). As a side note try feeding your Tex right out of your hand, just watch out for them teeth!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    Sounds like they enjoy having company, very cool they are getting along:)
zach - 2011-07-14
i have an 8 almost 9 year old texas cichlid that's in a 4 foot 75 gallon tank, with 5 convicts, 4 zebra cichlids, 2 jd"s,and 1 pleco,

riley - 2009-02-21
My texas, which is 2-3 inches, is in with my 1 inch jack dempsey and my 3 inch jack dempsey. He recently killed my gold severum before I got the 3 inch jack dempsey. It was my texas that killed it. My texas likes flame tetras as food live, and my 1 inch jack dempsey made friends with the almost 1 inch feeder gold fish I put in. They won't eat it, they are to busy attacking each other. My texas and 3 inch jack dempsey lip locked 3 times that I saw.

mcpshort - 2012-05-13
I have a jack dempsey and a texas cichlid and I say their about an inch or so and they sit by each other and smack each other with their tails. Is this breeding?

Rachel - 2010-05-16
Hi, I have a 55 gal. and have had my texas for a year and has grown from 1 in to 4 inches. We keep him with 3 tinfoil barbs, a pleco and cory catfish and they seem to get along, however my 3 sm. tiger barbs that I got last week seemed to vanish very quickly. I am getting a 175 gal. tank and am looking to find compatible/beautiful fish for the tank. Should I keep the texas solo in the 55 gal? Or are there suggestions out there for tank mates and how would I go about successfully introducing themselves to each other? Thanks- I appreciate all input- knowledge is the key to success.

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  • smiley - 2010-05-18
    Try a red devil, jaguar, Jack Dempsey, black convict, and green terror they should be fine with him and also a large plecostomus to help clean up the algae that will grow from the lights on the tank.
  • steve rogers - 2011-02-18
    They got eaten.
  • steve rogers - 2011-02-18
    They got eaten. Anything that is big enough that the perch can't eat stands a better chance.
  • dale long - 2011-12-31
    You lucky dog - 175 gal tank. Mine's only 150, bigger is better. I would do a South or Central America tank. Texas, salvina,firemouth,Convict, and any other you can find from that region.
lawrence - 2011-09-23
i have 5 Texas and 1 month ago i got 2 of Texas become couple and they make egg.

1 weeks laters egg hatched and i got 30 Baby Texas.

However , i want to know how fast this couple can do New Breeding again ?

becasuse i see this couple and they become aggresive now and also same like last time that first breeding.

i am not expert but first time female bottom belly become dark and it doesnot move from one Jug ( i put jug in and first time they make egg inside jug)

i am in Korea and Korea have not many information about Texas Cichild... plz help me.

i want to know

1. how often can breeding again after first breeding.

2. what is simpton when texas ready to breeding (before lay off egg)

3. when new baby hatch then do i keep all with parents or need remove to another tank ?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-09-25
    Hello Lawrence,

    Texas Cichlids, (though aggressive) are exciting fish to keep!

    As a general rule, Texas Cichlids can begin to breed 2-8 weeks after their fry have been removed. Some pairs may take a longer amount of time, while others may take a shorter amount of time.

    You will begin to recognize how Texas Cichlids breed. A little "ritual" between the pair will take place. The pair will lock jaws. While the jaw-locking may seem harmful, it is part of the breeding routine. The female will begin to clean off a flat surface such as a flat rock, or on the side of the aquarium! The pair will also begin to work as a team, defending that area from other fish in the aquarium (if there are any).

    When the fry hatch, leave the parents in the aquarium, and do not remove the fry. The parents will take care of the fry, and you will be able to witness the parents taking care of them. However, it is advisable to watch the parents. Inexperienced parents may eat their own fry. The female (and male) will pick the fry up in their mouth and routinely clean the fry from debris. They will spit them out, however. If they begin eating them, them remove the parents or fry from the aquarium. It is best to remove the fry once they reach an age of 2-3 weeks. In a "fry tank" they will be able to grow. The fry tank should be at least 20 gallons.

    I really hope this information helps you. For more information about Texas Cichlids, perhaps visiting will help!
WJett - 2007-02-18
My Texas came from a Pet-CO "positive inventory reduction"--they give away fry. However after two years, mine has been nothing but trouble. He is VICIOUS. He nips me each time I put my hand in the tank! I've tried to feed him guppies, but he just kills them. He constantly arranges the ornamental plants, moves the gravel and air stone etc. My Jack Dempsey kept him busy for a while, but I opted for at least one clear-water tank. Simply, I've isolated him. Now he lives in a 20-gallon bath of slime. Not my fault either (unless it is a defense or a VICIOUS construct). Water polishing with a Diatom filter does not help. So there he waits, daring to bite the hand that feeds him. My Texas Cichlid is not pleasant, charming, or "pretty." He is the most aggressive fish that I have kept.

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  • Silvia - 2010-07-27
    In your case remove the gravel as easier to keep clean and less trouble and mess and place a couple of clay pots as caves and ornaments as they need some type cover.

    If unhappy with him than give him away.
  • Fred - 2010-08-01
    Any cichlid would be mean if kept in a 20 gallon tank. These guys need at least 55 G, but preferably 75 G tanks--no exceptions. 20 G is equivalent to keeping a human in a closet and blaming him for an attitude. Moreover, the TX isn't "pretty" because the need to be happy for their colors to shine.
  • steve rogers - 2011-02-18
    I am actually from the area in deep south texas on the mexican border where the roi grande perch, as we call 'em are native. As a kid I caught probably thousands of these guys. Our water here is slightly alkaline and high in turbidity, plenty of algae. These guys are omnivorous and like warm water but can survive until the water hits 50 degreees farenheit. If you don't like your fish moving the gravel around, they like to create spawning beds if the structure doesn't suit them, then put bigger gravel or rocks in your tank. With maybe one large stone that gives them a "castle". I remember one we had in the aquarium when I was a kid that tried to eat a channel catfish fry. Ooops, the catfish stuck out his pectoral fins and lodged in his throat so we netted him and pulled the cat out with some forceups. Perch lived. Really they do better outside if temps allow in a fishpond where they will pair up and defend their turf against interlopers. The pair will be great parents of the fry and are quit easy to hook on a bare hook or fly because they see a potential nest raider and will swim over grab the hook and swim off with it to deposit it away from the nest. Have never ate them, maybe it's cause the flesh is a light green color. The old males are quite striking in coloration and darken and gain contrast as spawning season approaches. That's usually as the water temp hits 80 degrees farenheit. The female always more diminutive will darken some too, but to a lesser degree. My fondest memory is of a morning in may when I was about 6 years old dangling a fishingline with a safety pin attached and a beetle for bait that was much too large but had about 50 rio grande perch captivated. This went on for several hours and not a single taker, except for some nibbles. Bent over the edge of the concrete like that staring into the water I got my first sunburn and blistered my back. Ouch, a lesson in common sense for a 6 year old country boy in edinburg texas.