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Page 3 about
Breeding Convicts
and How to Raise the Baby Convicts

This page contains more Customer Comments and our Replies about how to breed Convict Cichlids and raise the baby fish. Click here to go back to the previous page in this discussion.

     

Customer Comments

 
I recently purchased some convict cichlids. I have 13 of them in a 20-gallon tank and the two larges are breeding. They appear to have laid eggs but it looks like they are either burrying them and laying more or perhaps just moving them around and burrying them.
 
I'm wondering if I should take the other fish out so that the mating pair can have a brake from chasing all the time. I also read that you mentioned that the pink convicts eggs would lay in about 4 days. The eggs I have do appear to be moving but nothing has hatched and it's been well over a week. Do you think something is wrong?
 
I'm new at this so I could use the help,
Con
 
     
Reply. Hello Con. In my experience Convict Cichlids don't move their eggs which are sticky, but Convicts will move their fry after the eggs have hatched. Actually some people make a distinction between fry and wigglers.
 
Wigglers are hatched eggs that have eyes and a tail and can wiggle but can't swim in a controlled way. If your Convict's eggs are wiggling, then they have hatched and are no longer eggs.
 
Your pair of Convicts will have a very difficult time protecting their wigglers and their fry from being eaten by the other 11 Convicts in your aquarium.
 
But sometimes if you remove all the other fish, the male and female will start to quarrel. The explanation is that they have no time to quarrel, when they are busy chasing other fish away from their babies.
 
So some aquarists put extra fish in the aquarium that are called Dither Fish, which are usually fast swimming fish that are too mild to bother the Convicts. We have used Giant Danios as Dither Fish.
 
Another method is to put another aquarium beside your aquarium, so your pair of Convicts can see into the other aquarium, and then put some fish in the second aquarium. These fish in the second aquarium serve as Dither Fish and may give your pair of Convicts something to worry about.
 
I hope these comments help you.
 
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Customer Comments

 
I just want to say that your site was very helpful. We have a pair of pink convicts that are currently breeding and had a few questions we needed answered . Your site answered them all! Also, if anyone ever wonders, red devils can breed with black convicts. Ours had babies a few months ago.
 
Unfortunately we got some bad advice from a local shop and lost all but 12. The 12 that are still with us are growing rapidly and becoming a part of the family. They all look like black convicts (only more brown at this point) right now. If our pink convicts are successful in breeding, we're going to need a bigger tank! Thanks again!
 
Susan L.
Murrieta, Ca 
 
     
Reply. Hello Susan. We're glad this web site is helping you. Your comments about cross-breeding Convicts and Red Devils is interesting. I agree that you will need a bigger aquarium soon.
 
 

Customer Comments

 
  THIS IS A picture OF MY FEMALE CONVICT.
 
THIS IS A picture OF MY MALE CONVICT.
  
DEAR AQUARIUMFISH.NET STAFF, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL TIPS AND FACTS ON BREEDING CONVICT CICHLIDS. THEY HAVE WORKED MARVELOUSLY. MY CONVICTS HAVE BREED MANY EGGS ON A SLATE ROCK, WHICH IS PLACED ON THE UPPER WALL OF A CAVE.
 
NOW ALL I HAVE TO DO IS GET SOME DITHER FISH IN ORDER TO KEEP MY CONVICTS FROM FIGHTING EACH OTHER. I MIGHT GET A GROUP OF FOUR OR FIVE ZEBRA DANIOS. MY FEMALE CONVICT LAYED ABOUT 150-200 EGGS AND SHE IS ONLY 2-2.5 LONG. I WAS VERY HAPPY THEY BREED, THIS IS MY FIRST EGGS LAYER TO BREED.
 
I GIVE YOU PERMITION TO PLACE THESE pictureS ON YOU WEBSITE
 
THANKS AGAIN,
JORGE S.
 
     
Reply. Hello Jorge. Congratulations on spawning your Convict Cichlids. Thank you for sending us your comments and your pictures. Good luck with your fish.
 
 

Customer Comments

 
Hi there, I have been reading your information on your website and it has been very helpful to me. I enjoy the site very much. I do have a few questions for you though. I have a pair of black convict cichlids, the female was looking pretty big there and has had some babies, not sure how many.
 
Between the male and the female they have slowly cleared out the inside of a cave I have in there and apparently moved their babies into the cave and have been keeping a safe watch over them. The male for the most part has been guarding the outside of the cave and the female has stayed inside keeping watch over them. As of right now I can't see anything inside of the cave.
 
I know the babies will be very small but I don't see anything in there. I would say it would have had to of been the day or so after she had the babies that I noticed some wigglers outside of the cave and now I see nothing. Would you say the babies are inside the rock? Like I said, I can't see them.
 
Is it too late to get a net breeder for them since she has already had them? I was just curious as to what there chance for survival is ..... They are in a 110-gallon fish tank. I'm concerned with them getting caught up in the filter if there are babies in there still.
 
I know the convicts won't let any of the other fish I have in my tank near the babies if they tried to come near but the Gourami's I have in there (4 of them) have been totally keeping to themselves and not coming near the cave or the Convicts. Concerns are not seeing the babies and being able to feed them ......
 
Will the mother convict make sure they get food and keep them safe in the rock until they are big enough to come out? Can I transfer them into a net breeder so I can feed them? Would you say if both the mother and father are still guarding that rock and getting nervous as I come near that they still have live babies in there? (As I can't see them by looking in).
 
Your answers would be greatly appreciated.
Caryn S.
 
     
Reply. Hello Caryn. Thank you for your detailed comments. It reminded us of the first time our Convicts spawned. I predict in a few days the parent Convicts will let the babies out of the cave to graze for food on the rocks.
 
I don't put baby Convicts in a Net Breeder like baby Mollies, but you can feed the baby Convicts the powdered food just like the baby Mollies eat. Click here for more about making powdered food for baby fish.
 
We are glad to know that you have been making good use of the information on this website.
     
Click here to go on to another page in this web site with more Customer Comments and our Replies about breeding Convict Cichlids.
     
Click here to continue on to another page in this web site and read about breeding Mouth Brooding Cichlids.
 
 
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