Do convict cichlids change color?

His body color changes from dull gray to flashy blue or yellow, and a prominent black stripe (“eyebar”) appears across his face. This physical transformation signals to males and females alike that he’s the top fish now and will vigorously defend his newly acquired breeding grounds.

How do I know if my convict cichlids are mating?

Sexing convict cichlids As a general rule, male convict cichlids are slightly larger and display more developed dorsal and anal fins, but the spots present on the dorsal fins of the females are considered to be a more reliable method for determining the sex of the fish, females also tend to be more colorful than males.

What color are convict cichlids?

Species Summary Table

Convict Cichlid
Color: Black, silver, white, pink, gold and blue
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Aggressive
Lifespan: 8-10 years

Can two male convict cichlids live together?

Convict cichlids make for good tank mates for each other. As long as the tank is large enough, there is no reason why you cannot keep multiple convict cichlids in the same tank. While these fish do fine on their own, they can also live with other fish of their own species.

How often do convict fish have babies?

once per season
Brood care of eggs, larvae and free-swimming juveniles in the wild can last 4 to 6 weeks, and occurs only once per season for the majority of females.

Can male convicts have orange?

Male convict cichlids are slightly bigger than females. They also have longer and pointier fins (this may not hold true for all fish). However, the most revealing point is the beautiful orange tint only present in a female’s body.

Why did my convict cichlid turn white?

Cichlids turning white are oftentimes an indication of stress. Other known factors can be shyness, illness, or preparation for breeding. It may also be possible that your Cichlid is becoming weaker due to old age. Depending on their cause, some of these changes are only temporary.

What does a pregnant Convict Cichlid look like?

Cichlid’s Belly Will Appear Swollen Even at first glance, you can see the pregnant cichlid is considerably broader than her male counterparts. In species where the male and female look identical, this usually is the first tip-off.

How often do convict fish breed?

In contrast, females in aquaria are known to breed many times per year with short intervals of 12 or 13 days between broods, as long as suitable rocks or similar surfaces are available for them to lay their eggs on.

What fish can I mix with convict cichlids?

What Fish Can You Put with Convict Cichlid? (Tankmates)

  • Green Terrors.
  • Pictus Catfish.
  • Giant Danio.
  • Jewel Cichlid.
  • Firemouth Cichlid.
  • Large Barbs.
  • Blue Acara.
  • Plecostomus.