So convict cichlids are pretty easy to breed?

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So I got 3 small convict cichlids (2 inches maybe), 1 male 2 females, to put in my 180 gallon porch pond. Thought it would be cool to see them breed and their offspring could be feeders for the bigger inhabitants. . . 48 hours after adding them I see a convict guarding a massive group of eggs. . . That didn’t take long. . .

I mean I was pretty sure they’d breed but ****!
 

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That's the problem...not only are they easy to breed, but convicts are psychotic, relatively common fishes that are difficult to give away or sell. You're going to have a hard time finding homes for the fry if (when) some survive to adulthood.
 
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Well they will be sharing the pond with the P bass and large mouth I’m growing out. . . So I’m not too hopeful for their proliferation. . . But who knows.
 

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They are awesome to watch. I had a pair in my 150g before. Fiesty but never got bored watching them dart around and be crazy.
 
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For a minute I thought they, or the other fish in the pond had eaten their eggs, then I realized the female had move them from the side of the pot to a small indentation in the gravel. . . Then I thought the eggs were eating again, only to find out they had move them again. . . And now I see a number of wigglers and free swimming fry. . . Not sure how long they’ll last, but pretty excited nonetheless. I think technically this is my first successful fish breeding. WOOT! (Actually wait I take that back, my other porch pond produce fry the other day as well. . . Maybe a thread about that later)
 
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Those little tiny dots under the stem plant
 

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Ooof. Good luck. I ended up with more fish then water with them.
 

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