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Roberta Gray - 2008-07-11
I have 2 convict cichlids. They have had babies twice and I think they are ready to have them again. I now have two 10 gallon aquariums full of baby convict cichilids. I was going to use them to feed my daughter's piranha, but after reading the comment from Anonymous on 3-17-2008, it may not be a good idea.
I have no clue what to do with what looks like 150 babies. I do believe I will be separating Mommy and Daddy. I wonder if they will kill other fish...

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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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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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Cina Annie - 2020-02-07
On the subject of Midas fish not attacking Green Terrors, Wes? I raise Green Terrors and I have a 4-5" Midas and I can't put him in with ANY of them.

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Jennifer Jones - 2012-06-13
I have a question. I had my fish 'baby' for 6 years now. and I have noticed that he has been staying at the bottom of the tank lately. I'm a lil concerned bout that. Why is he like that? he doesnt even come up to the top to get food. need help asap please

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  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-02-07
    I don't know but I hope it gets well👍
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Mike - 2013-02-20
I got a Midas cichlid about 6 months after I started my 75g tank. It was the smallest fish I had by far, now it's full grown and definitely the Alpha fish in the tank, he even chases around my 15 in Pacu. It almost killed my green terror, keep a close eye on your tank with this fish. Great fish.

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  • Joaquin Rivera - 2014-03-25
    Please let me know where to buy midas and red devils. I'm from the Phillipines here is my Facebook page you may message me here +632 9494017939 thanks.
  • Wes - 2018-08-05
    Not a chance in hell can a Midas take out a Green Terror or a Pacu. That's is extremely rare if you are telling the truth and I doubt it. It's a mild version of the Red Devil that is a true aggressive fish. There's always the exception to the rule. It's the majority of the time. Just like not every Dovi is going to beat every fish. Midus are aggressive but not very dangerous at all. I had a Jaguar put one in the hospital. He was never the same. I had a Jack Dempsey beach the hell out of another Midus. I finally got a Red Devil and then it was an even playing field. Trust me Midus are not anywhere near the top dogs.
  • Ryan - 2020-06-17
    Pretty shitty calling someone a liar just because your own anecdotal experience is different
  • Ryan - 2020-06-17
    I've had a couple Midas cichlids in the past and found them to be Very aggressive, to the point that I was bitten once while cleaning a tank :) Perhaps they were hybrid red devils, but they didn't look it.
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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.

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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.

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Maddog Matott - 2007-04-03
I purchased Tex at 1-1/2" about 2-1/2 years ago. He has killed or seriously maimed all tankmates. I originally purchased him in a lot of three. Then after he killing his original companions, I introduced another pair about his size, same result. He's taken out two plecos and a pictus. He's ravaged two native sunfishes that were twice his size at the time. He is now almost 7" long and a loner, a wonderful pet who is genuinely excited to see me when I arise or return from work (perhaps it is because meal worms fall from the sky when I am around). He's to the point where when I add 20-25 small minnows, he finishes them off overnight.

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KR - 2020-02-05
I have had an electric blue dempsey for a little over a year. The store where I bought him knew I was keeping a community tank, and have had no problems with him until now. I have 2 species of barbs, chinese algea eaters, 2 pearl gouramis, and had an angel fish until about 3 weeks ago. The dempsey never bothered anyone until I added 2 clown loaches two weeks ago. The dempsey killed one on the loaches last night. Is he just getting aggressive now, or could this be specific to the loaches?

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