I have a pair of black convicts
that have been breeding
like crazy lately. It's
the coolest thing! I already
have about 20 babies from
the second set of eggs that
are growing up big and strong.
The first set of eggs didn't
make it as I had all of
my cichlids together in
a 55 and many babies got
eaten. But now I have the
breeding pair in a 15 gall
tank and they are living
it up. Today the female
convict laid another batch
of eggs and I wanted to
share the pictures.
Although they are not the
best but thought it could
help out some. I also have
more questions about my
new additions. How long
does it take a convict to
"grow up" at least to be
large enough to be put in
with other fish without
What is the proper temperature
to keep my tank while I
have eggs and babies in
there? PH? All that sort
of thing...and maybe a little
more about Black Convicts
themselves, where they came
from? I would lov! e any
type of information concerning
feel free to use my pictures,
although they are not great
Roni. Thank you for your email and for your pictures,
which are blurry but still very interesting. Congratulations
on breeding your Convicts and on taking pictures,
especially the one of the baby at the top.
Convict Cichlid babies and other cold water fish
do not grow at a set rate. Instead their rate of
growth varies with the temperature of the water,
the amount of food, the quality of food, the quality
of the water, and other factors.
When will your Convict Babies be big enough to go
with the other fish? That depends on what the other
fish are, how big their mouths are, and how hungry
Convicts do well in water from about 72 to 82 degrees
F., and they usually spawn when the water is at
the upper end of this range, say from 78 to 82,
and the babies usually do best in this temperature
Convict Cichlids naturally live in Central American
in the countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
There are several pages on this web site with information
about Convict Cichlids and about breeding them.
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