Convict Cichlid Breeding
All you need to achieve successful reproduction of convict cichlids is a breeding pair and a cycled, heated and filtered tank. The convict cichlid breeds so easily that the tank capacity and the quality of the water become quite irrelevant, although extremes should be avoided. It is best to by a group of around 6 convict cichlids and allow the pair to form naturally.
Sexing convict cichlids
Convict Cichlid Aquarium requirements
- Tank size: At least 20 Gallons for one pair.
- Temperature: 74-78 Degrees F
- pH: Immaterial, but avoid extremes.
- Filtration: Twice the tank cpa city hourly, at the minimum.
- Plants: Unnecessary.
- Difficulty to reproduce: Very easy.
- Hatching: The eggs will hatch after three days at a temperature of 76 Degrees. The fry then becoming free swimming after another 3-5 days.
- Parents temperament: Highly aggressive.
Spawning Convict Cichlids
A Large Family
The young will swim around the tank under the guidance of their parents but at the first sign of danger the parents will defend their fry as they swim into close hiding places. In a community tank it is likely that only a few of the fry will survive until adulthood.
Feeding the Convict Fry
These fish breed very readily but before you engage in breeding them, please make sure you have someone or somewhere you can give them too. After breeding them myself I think they give great color and attitude to your tank and the adults parenting skills are a fascinating sight to behold.
By: Platy Ben