12-15-2008, 10:21 PM
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i was just doing some research on breeding them last week and this is what i found...
Breeding convict cichlids is not very difficult to do. They are actually one of the easiest of the cichlids to breed. If kept in a clean aquarium, a pair of convicts will breed often producing many broods of fry. All that is required of the aquarium owner is good proper tank maintenance and a pair of convicts.
To tell the difference between males and females, a female will have orange coloration on her belly while males do not. Once a pair is chosen they should be placed together in a tank no smaller than 20 gallons in size. The tank should have some type of hollow log, empty flower pot or cave for the eggs to be laid in when the fish spawn. With all that in place all that is left is to let nature take its course. The pair of convicts will spawn and after they are done both will guard the eggs and the fry when they have hatched.
A 20 gallon tank will not be big enough for the parents to raise their fry so only use a 20 gallon if the eggs are going to be removed and placed in a separate tank for hatching. If the eggs are removed the pair of convicts will normally spawn again within 1 to 2 weeks.