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Tristan - 2012-02-12
I bought 2 convict cichlids 2 weeks ago and I don't know how to tell male and female but they are not fighting. They are with 2 green terros and a pair of rainbow cichlids in a 3ft tank which have been living in that tank for 2 years. Would my convict cichlids cause any problems in the tank?

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  • Tristan - 2012-02-16
    But they are not aggresive to each other. Both the convivts are being aggresive to the other tank occupants.
  • Tristan - 2012-02-15
    But I am having difficulty sexing them because they both are quite big and both seem to have pointed tips. But both have no yellow or orange colour on their bellys.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-15
    Tristan- How old are the Convicts? Normally it takes 5 to 6 months for the orange to show up on the belly. If they are yet that old maybe wait a month or two to see if the color shows up. If it does not I would get two females. In the meantime if they start getting aggressive it helps to rearrange to rearrange their tank often to keep them busy building their territory.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    Convicts, if they become a mated pair, could pose issues to the aquarium. However, in my personal experience, I have kept Rainbow Cichlids with Convict Cichlids even as a breeding pair, and I find that as long as the Convict Cichlids have ample room, then everything will be balanced.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-14
    Normally the females will have a fatter belly with some orange to the belly.
  • joel - 2012-04-22
    Male convicts also begin to have a bigger bulky forehead, with not as 'bright' coloring. Hope that helps.
  • Wolfman­čÉ║ - 2020-02-28
    I had a pair of green terror cichlids with a single male convict cichlid and he beat them both up. So this I'm I will put a single male pink convict cichlid with a male [BARTRAMS BASS] Caring for his fry he only gets 5-16' but he will keep the male pink convict cichlid in check.
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.
  • Wolfman­čÉ║ - 2020-02-26
    Thats good I hope they have lots and lots and lots and lots of fun with the convict cichlids. ­čśü
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chris - 2020-02-26
i have 8 tropheus duboisi maswa(so im told) they are 1 to 1.5 inch, light blue dotts all over, and have a blue mask,. from mouth to eyes. looks like they a waring a light blue sergical mask! starting to change colour, larger ones are getting a yellow stripe, band, just behing gills. i dont see ' many' pictures on line sporting the mask! are theses different,wild, maybe crossed, or something?

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Lii W - 2020-02-24
10 gallons is a sure way to stunt growth and they grow up to 10 inches. Misleading, and harmful to these beautiful fish.

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  • Anonymous - 2020-02-25
    Agreed... the page has been changed to reflect the larger size of the fish as well as the aquarium size.
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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. :)
  • Lesa - 2017-09-20
    Hi, I love Fire Eels, in the past have had convict cichlids with mating pair, I worked for me, have done in in 55 gal, and 100 gal. tanks, the most important thing I found for it working was having several different places in the tank for eels and convicts to hide, I tried to build 5 or 6 hiding holes and tubes, some the eels could get in, and not cichlids, and others the cichlids liked, more small flower pots, used big mouth beer bottles buried, rock and aqua wood, and pvc pipes buried hope this helps.
  • Wolfman­čÉ║ - 2020-02-09
    Well as for me what I would do is put a pair of Bartrams bass,3 pumpkinseed sunfish, 2 medium size loach catfish and 1 single male pink convict cichlid. They will all be in a long 20 gallon tank.
  • Wolfman­čÉ║ - 2020-02-21
    Thats why I Would keep a single male [BARTRAMS BASS FISH]wich has a small mouth and gets only 5-16' he will be in a long long long long long long wide 40gallon tank Caring for his fry. with 4 blue spotted sunfish,2 male blue botia loach catfish,and 1 single male pink convict cichlid.
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Wolfman­čÉ║ - 2020-02-19
As I said and I meant what I said a male blackbelt cichlid should be in the tank with a male (largemouth bass) to keep the male blackbelt cichlid in line

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Dave - 2020-02-17
My gold gourami started nipping the fins of my Goider River Rainbowfish this morning. The rainbow fish lost balance and started swimming erraticly. It looks like he/she will be okay. He/she is recovering nicely since I took the Gold Gourami out.

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Gladys - 2020-02-12
Ummmmmmmmm.... This animal is illegal to keep as a pet/breed. It is threatend and you can

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  • Christoph - 2021-03-04
    That's a pitty. I purchased a large group of 20 individuals. Males and females - I divided them into breeding groups and put them in 4 large tanks. I live in Vienna, Austria - so they are not native here and therefore it is legal, to keep them.
    But if you are able to buy captive bred indiviuals with all the paper works, it should be legal in the United States, to keep and breed them.
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Jan Eley - 2016-08-15
My Humphead Glassfish died yesterday after having him for 4 years. I live in Ohio. Does anyone know of a fish store that sells or overnight ships these fish?

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  • Anonymous - 2020-02-11
    Some Petco stores have them. Just bought a second one today. They are pricey 24.99 but I like unique looking fish
  • Frank L. - 2019-01-08 has the Humphead Glassfish on sale.
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marie - 2012-05-27
I have 2 tanks 1 is a 10 gallon tank that has a pink convict (female) and striped (male) they are small. Will they breed with them being different types of convicts?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-05-28
    I would think they will most likely breed.
  • Anonymous - 2015-08-14
    What I'm going to do is breed a pair of auratus cichlids and get 1 male pink convict cichlid
  • Anonymous - 2015-08-24
    You should put your convict cichlid with a pair of warmouth bass sunfish.
  • Anonymous - 2015-08-24
    Yes they will breed but when adults I would advise you to keep them with warmouth bass sunfish.
  • Anonymous - 2015-08-29
    the fact that they are two different types is not they might not breed you need a bigger tank for cichlids. At lest 50 gallons
  • Anonymous - 2015-11-01
    I have 2 green sunfish one male one female and a male red ear sunfish my male green sunfish rules the tank he chases the female green sunfish I'm hopeing her and my red ear sunfish will breed. He even beat up my firemouth cichlid and killed my jellybean cichlid and I got a convict cichlid I wanted to get a male but I got a female cause the fish manager can't tell the male from the I got it and I think my green sunfish killed it.

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