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BettaHeart 07-24-2011 04:27 PM

Just had some cichlids given to me, what is their basic nessecities?
I was just given some convict cichlids and i have never dealt with any other type of fish except for bettas so i am wondering what they need, eat, and any other type of information i need to know about these little guys.
All advice will be greatly appreciated:-D

rrcoolj 07-24-2011 07:38 PM

Buy more than one there's a chance of getting a pair. Convicts breed extremely easily and will overpopulate a tank with babies. They are also nasty when defending a brood and will defend their fry from fish many times their size. A singe specimen is also fairly aggressive and should be kept with either other similarly aggressive cichlids or fast upper water fish like danios. Besides that they are super easy to take care of. Give them good food and clean water and they will thrive. What size tank are they in? What fish are with them and how many do you have?

BettaHeart 07-24-2011 08:34 PM

i have 6 and the tank is a filtered, heated 20 gal. I have only had bettas so these are a new experience for me.

rrcoolj 07-24-2011 09:35 PM

You will most likely get a pair. Get ready they breed a lot and once a pair forms they will probably kill the other fish in the tank. Provide plenty of cover in the form of caves and what not. Convicts are fun to breed but getting rid of fry can be hard. You may very well end up culling most of them.

BettaHeart 07-24-2011 10:47 PM

I just recently spawned my dragonscaled bettas, so i really cant deal with cichlid fry right now and i think these were someone's unwanted babies too because it was the petstore that just handed them over lol.

rrcoolj 07-25-2011 06:49 AM

Well then I would just keep one. A single specimen can make a great wetpet.

BettaHeart 07-27-2011 10:11 PM

What can i put with the one? I was able to find home for the others.

kitten_penang 07-28-2011 05:24 AM

flower pots, rocks an substrate are heir favorite things.hard water a little salt will help too

rrcoolj 07-28-2011 09:39 AM

With one you may be able to add fast moving fish such as zebra danios or tetras such as serpae or black skirts.

BettaHeart 07-28-2011 09:40 PM

alright thank you so much for the information.

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