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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║ - 2020-02-21
    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.
  • 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.
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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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Eydie - 2016-03-12
I found this website and enjoyed your information on the Striped Raphael Catfish so I thought I would submit a comment. I no longer have a receipt of purchase but a long-ago boyfriend found 2 of these cute bottom feeders at a pet store and brought them home for my tank. The smaller one lived 15 years and at some point I changed my 29-gallon (long) tank to a 10-gallon one to accommodate two remaining fish until their end. The store is long gone, as is the boyfriend. Family members have since passed and I have moved (with my catfish) several times. A long-time buddy remembers visiting my tank years ago. Every so often, she and other acquaintances ask me, 'Do you still have THAT fish?' Yes, I do; just the one. 41 years later, 'Catnafish' and I continue to get together for regular aquarium water changes as I wonder, at age 66, who will live longer? Just wanted to share this with you and your readers.

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  • Anonymous - 2020-02-15
    Greetings, Dillon. I realize you came across my comment awhile back but I don't stop on this site often and here I am responding months later. I still have 'Catnafish,' my striped Raphael catfish. Although I don't turn the calendar page on any particular date, I have her from age 25. I am now 70 so here in 2020, she's 45. She is very hardy and has handled extreme tank situations. I have no other fish. I've so enjoyed many fish during my hobby adventure and many equipment changes during the years but when she goes, the tank will be shut down. She's been one of my favorite aquarium tenants and, of course, the longest lasting. I highly recommend this hardy catfish character especially for the cute factor. To all fish hobbyists reading this site and learning the hobby, I say 'Enjoy your hobby adventure!'
  • Dillon - 2019-10-10
    So this fish is 44 years old?
  • Dillon - 2019-10-10
    So you have had this "Catnafish" for 44 years now? I'm sure that it was already a year or so old when you got it.
  • Eydie A Reed - 2020-02-15
    I'm sorry my comment read 'anonymous.' I was sure I placed my name in the proper blocks. (sheesh) (Eydie)
  • Eydie A Reed - 2019-07-13
    I'm sorry, Bertrand, I just decided to come back to this site and noticed your note. Yes, "Catnafish" is still with me. She's a hardy one, for sure. Thanks for asking.
  • Eydie A Reed - 2019-07-14
    Yes, Bertrand, my catfish is still alive. Yesterday, we experienced a leaky aquarium and quickly set up another tank. Hopefully, she will continue to thrive. Thanks for asking.
  • Bertrand Sant - 2019-02-08
    Hi Eydie! is the catfish still alive today?­čĄŚ
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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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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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  • Frank L. - 2019-01-08
    www.petzonesd.com has the Humphead Glassfish on sale.
  • 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
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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 female.so I got it and I think my green sunfish killed it.
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Tristan - 2012-07-01
Are lake malawi cichlids compatible with black belt cichlids?

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  • naren - 2015-10-08
    Nope..nevr do that frnd..both wil fight crazily
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chang long - 2011-03-15
The black belt cichlids are awesome. The book that has these cichlids are Tophero Son of Smildon which is a great book.

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  • ed - 2014-03-09
    I have a pair of black belts, one is 5 inches one is 8 inches and they had babies about one week ago. Second batch. These ones I think will survive.
  • Wolfman­čÉ║ - 2020-02-19
    I meant what i said about me putting a single male blackbelt cichlid with a male (largemouth bass) that I've already spawned to keep the male blackbelt cichlid in check. Y'all black my comments on this cause you know its the truth the blackbelt cichlid is a bully and y'all can't except the facked that a male largemouth bass wont tolerate being bullied.
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AJ - 2016-07-15
My convict cichilds( one male and one female) Size almost 2.5 inches they act like they breed all day digging the aquarium rocks and attack my other fish like banana cichild and angel fish .my question is can they breed at this time or they became mature so they breed

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  • Anonymous - 2016-10-08
    they can breed at any age , but you better make sure your other fish are big enough.the convicts well get very mean soon .
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