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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Jo Prukop - 2014-08-26
My Texas cichlids have been such a rewarding pet. They are very social and curious. They get very excited and attentive at feeding times and are a lot of fun. Their physical attributes and color is stunning. I have never seen aggression from mine. They are housed in a 79 gal tank with plecs, 2 little catfish, a warmouth, and 3 orange spotted sunfish.

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!