Originally Posted by Eleggett
First off Hi everyone Im new to the forums and new to the Fish keeping hobby.
A little Background
I have 2 tanks at the moment. My first was a 16 gallon I bought for my 6 year old daughter for her birthday. While setting this tank up for my daughter I did alot of Learning and really fell in love with fish keeping. I kept reading and hearing about Convict Cichlids and there fascinating breeding behaviors combined with the fact that they are pretty resilient fish. So when my friend offered me a very nice 40 gallon tank and stand for free I decided to get a pair of Convicts.
So I now have nicely set up 40 gallon tank with caves and and plants for my fish to hide. I bought a pair of Convicts and they are doing great together. My main question / concern is what to do when they start having fry. I would like to find a fish to put in the tank with the pair that will eat most of if not all of the fry so I dont have to bother getting rid of them. I wouldnt mind giving a few survivors to pet stores or friends as pets but I dont want to have 50-200 fry every month to deal with. I know these fish are notorious for harming other fish. So im looking for a fish that can hold his own and will munch on some convict fry. Any suggestions?
Well, before you go out and buy a Cichlid-munching monster, you should make sure your cichlids are male and female. The Male should be slightly bigger, darker, and have longer fins. The female should have a little bit or red or orange on the belly and have a generally smaller figure.
So, let's say that your cichlids are male and female. Don't think you can just put an aggressive fish in there and the cichlids will let it eat their young. Convicts will guard their offspring very aggressively. You shouldn't have a male and female if you don't want babies.