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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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:)
  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-02-01
    Thats why I'm putting a pair of [SMALLMOUTH BASS]. to breed in a long long long long 40 gallon tank and move the female to another big tank after they spawn the male will care for the babies. I will add 4 male pumpkinseed sunfish, 2 clown loach catfishand 1 single male Rio grande texas cichlid that will live in a cave in a dark area with red coral trees.πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-04-07
    Let a Texas try that with a male smallmouth bassfish he would get beat up.πŸ˜„ HA HA.
  • Ronnie - 2020-05-16
    What size tank did you have? I have mine in with plecos and other cichlids and mines calm, granted she's a female and small, she doesn't bother anyone
  • Wolfman - 2020-08-31
    I would put a pair of smallmouth bass with a tall brush purple blue colored plants which they will live behind I will add 4 pumkinseed sunfish 2 blue botia loach catfish and 1 single male Texas cichlid. 2 I don't call my wild tank a stationary tank I call it a royal wild tank.
Angelo - 2017-06-08
so a little back story. I have a 265 gallon aquarium that i have 2 12 inch oscars a 10 inch and 7 inch jaguar cichlids that are a breeding pair a pacu and 6 silver dollars. well i wanted to add more fish so i set up my 30 gallon aquarium and put in there a Texas cichlid 2 lemon oscars a golden nugget pleco and a black ghost knife fish. well they were fine when i went to bed. i wake up this morning to find the Texas with the black ghost knife in his mouth swallowed about half way. so me being pissed off ( mind you the Texas is about 3-4 inches as well as the black ghost was too) because i got the Texas for free and the black ghost was 20 bucks. i took the Texas and threw him into the 265 gallon aquarium with the big guys basically survival of the fittest i suppose either he will survive or be dinner himself. MY other fish have all grown together since they were an inch big and have never once been fed live fish, so i assume they will not eat him maybe bully him out of their territory but not eat. ( its a new set up for the 265 so they really haven't got a territory down pack yet.) I may return him if he makes it through the work day till i get home tonight. i don't want to deal with more fish death due to eating each other. what do you guys think? if i kept it and the Texas got bigger do you think he will be an issue among the other tank mates?

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  • Graeme - 2017-10-20
    if all fish have a chance when young too grow together at it will all work out. you will know when you feed them on whats happening .
  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-01-29
    Thats why I'm getting a big long long long long 40gallon tank with a pair of [SMALLMOUTH BASS] at 6 inches, 4 big male pumpkinseed sunfish2 clown loach catfish and 1 single male Rio grande texas cichlid. THAT WILL BE A GREAT COMMUNITY.πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-03-09
    Well as for me I would put a pair of 4' [SMALLMOUTH BASS] male and female 3 firemouth cichlid, 2 blue botia loach catfish and 1 single male Rio grande texas cichlid.πŸ˜πŸ‘
sushi - 2008-02-08
I did not do what a responsible owner should do, and decided to keep 2 texas cichlids in a 2 gallon tank. One killed the other one, but the one that is left has been living for...well 8 years now. 8 years seems long to me, especially since I kept it in a 2 gallon tank. Nevertheless, I love this fish!

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  • Cichlidophilic - 2020-03-08
    2 gallon tank for a Texas cichlid? Incredible! I'm wondering how big it had grown to.
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.

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.

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.

Dawn - 2017-02-04
I picked out two Texas green cichlids at the store And it just so happened one was ale and one was female. We had them a month and they laid eggs and had babies. I have been so impressed with the male and female partnership when it comes to caring for the babies. We are about four weeks out since they hatched and we just got a fry holder to put them in because we noticed they are slowly disappearing. There are about twelve left. Not sure what's next mom and dad look frisky again. Lol

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  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-01-29
    Well tjhe only fish that will be getting frisky I'm my long long long long 40gallon tank I'm getting will be a pair of [SMALLMOUTH BASS],I will add 4 big male pumpkinseed sunfish, 2 clown loach catfish, and 1 single male Rio grande texas cichlid. THAT WILL BE A GREAT COMMUNITY😁😁😁😁😁 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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?

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  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-01-30
    They might be. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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,

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  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-01-30
    As for me I will be getting a long long long long 40gallon tank with a pair of [SMALLMOUTH BASS],4 big male pumpkinseed sunfish,2 big clown loach catfish and 1 single male Rio grande texas cichlid. This will be the perfect COMMUNITY.πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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.
  • Wolfman🐺 - 2020-01-29
    Thats why I'm getting a pair of [SMALLMOUTH BASS], and citizen sunfish like 4 pumpkinseed sunfish,2 clown loach catfish and 1 single m!ale Rio grande texas cichlid. They will all be in a long long long long 40 gallon tank.πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘