Black Convict Cichlid
Cool fish, but they breed like Guppies. They become very aggressive when guarding their nest. Avoid this by sexing prior to purchase if possible. All in all a good fish to add to my tank. I would buy again.
May 3, 2014
I really like the Convict fish with it's color , stripes and personality , I wouldn't put this fish with other less aggressive fish cause these fish can have quit the temper Lol I've had a Breeding pair of convict's for a couple years and needless to say they multiply like crazy . I actually had to put a tank divider in my tank to separate both of them so I wouldn't have no more babies . The female is the most colorful out of a breeding pair .
March 7, 2014
I bought 2 of these fish, 1 big female and a tinny male, along with 2 auratus to start off our tank. They all get along great. The female is the boss of the tank, while the male likes to hang out hiding away. They are peaceful with the orignal fish, but any new fish I add to the female terrorizes to the point of stress. I added a Jewel who seems to hold her grounds, trail and error with these guys!!
January 27, 2014
I've been an aquarist for almost 20 years. These guys usually get a bad rep for being prolific breeders, but quite frankly, if you know don't want fish that breed like bunnies for pets, just don't buy them. That being said, they are interesting to watch, as they are very dutiful parents. I bought a male and female for one of my tanks, and my kids have enjoyed watching the parents rear the fry. I've essentially weeded out the ones I want to keep, and I use the other fry for food for my African cichlids. It all works out. They are very easy to care for, and I find that my water maintenance with this species isn't as insane as with my other fish. Once a week with water changes, and they're content. If you do intend to breed, turn down the water temp up at least two degrees (about 78), and do a partial water change (about 30 percent), and they're ready to go. They need lots of nooks and crannies, and for them to lay eggs, they prefer terra cotta pots, or even coffee mugs. All-in-all, they're fun little fish.
November 9, 2013