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Thread: Black-spotted convict cichlids?

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    Yes, the ever-breeding, tank-terrorizing convict cichlid. I have not had any for years, and was not look for them. However, I was browsing in the local chain pet store and just happened to notice a tiny juvenile striped convict with extra black spots on his sides, and a half-black anal and caudal fin. He was there a few days later and I ended up buying him since I had not seen this coloration before. Of course the pink/white "albinos" are common, and you occasionally see "calico convicts" with the pink/white background and random gray splotches. Two other males in the tank also showed black splotches. I have had it for about a month or so and it has already grown a lot. I finally bought a regular, striped female forhim a couple days ago. He had grown so much that the female is much smaller than him. The black spots do not fade with the mood of the fish (like the stripes), and the black on the fins is especially striking. Has anyone seen this color morph?

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    Here is a photo...
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    Not much interest in this post, I guess iConvicts are too common. Still, I have not seen these markings before and these guys are neat. The female has not-yet free swimming young. I don't think it is a big batch, but they are not doing too badly for a first spawn. They are in a tank with other fish and blue crayfish, let's see what happens.....

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    Never seen this, but not much of a cichlid person myself. I suspect this may have been the start of the calico strain however.
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    D. muscipula & D. muscipula &#39;Red Dragon&#39;(barely)

    Sarracenia leucophylla(seedling)

    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    I have cichlids and absolutly love them! but one thing i have learned the hard way is looks are very decieving in young cichlids. as they grow and mature their colors change sometimes drasticly. i have a fish that we bought young and thought he was a firemouth well he is now maturing and has lost some markings and gained new ones but now we know he's not a firemouth! so wait a while to see if the colors stay. hope this helps!

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    sorry

    wrong thread

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    prizmbatch the colors are staying as he gets larger. They are now guarding a batch of free-swimming young (the female is of the "regular" variety). I am curious to see if this is passed on as a dominant characteristic. They are in a tank with other fish and crayfish, but I still wish to leave the young with the parents for a few days. Hopefully some will make it. If not, I am sure another batch will follow soon.
    These guys are such awesome parents, always a pleasure to watch no matter how many times I have seen it!

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    yeah that's odd, with young they are mature. i will to be very interested in your observations of the young. maybe a odd trait only posessed in a few, are you sure it's a convict? i was 95% sure with my "firemouth" and i was wrong. still don't know exactly what he is.

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