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.     Going beyond seeing through conclusions and prejudices is one of the most difficult things in life.  

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.   A few photos of pet cichlids at our house.  They are Pink Convicts.  These are all adults that grew up from babies that were hatched from eggs within my classroom when I was a teacher (before i retired).  They live a long time (for fish).  The males are larger and get a nuchal hump as they get older… which is a means of advertising their higher status in the pecking order.  (They are quite intelligent, for fish, often begging for food when they see you.)

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. We are so open-minded at our house that we even allow pink convicts to live with us!       😉

Pink Convict Cichlids (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (1) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (2) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

Pink Convict Cichlids (3) by Thomas Peace 2013

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  1. Thomas, I am a fellow photographer and Cichlid hobbyist. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures of your Pink Cons! In all of my years in the hobby, I have never seen such beautiful, full-bodied, large, and impressive male Cons. I’m guessing these guys are 5+ years old. I would absolutely love to see some more pics/videos of these fish. Well done.

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    • Thanks much, Ryan! I’m 61… and have had fish ever since i was in the fifth grade. They really are beautiful fish! I had these in a 125 gallon tank in my classroom for decades… generation after generation. I will post more on them in the future. These cannot be with other cichlids; they will kill other species!

      If you or anyone you know is interested… i have baby corydoras catfish that i would sell cheap. I could mail them. I have Panda Corys and Peppered Corys.

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  2. Thanks for the reply Thomas. You’ve obviously taken great care of these guys. I look forward to seeing some updated pics in the near future. Out of curiosity, how old/big is that large male Con?

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    • Not sure exactly… i’m bad with remembering dates/time. He’s many years old though. He’s not the only large “Humphead” in the tank. There are others that are very nice; they just happened to be in other sections (of the 125 gal. tank) when the photos were taken. One of the large males is a mutant (from the batch of babies we bred and raised that these grew up from). He has really nice marble coloring! However, marble Convicts already occur in the tropical fish world… so he’s not a “first.”

      I’ve had regular color convicts too. They are very beautiful too — in their own way — but i feel that they are more aggressive, compared to the pinks. The Pinks occasionally bash each other around; but it’s nothing serious at all. These fish seem to be quite intelligent – fish wise; they look at you just as much as you look at them. Around feeding time, especially, they are very cognizant of your presence and intentions! Some even open and close their mouths repetitiously in front of you… communicating their desire to get food! 😉

      I used to have discus fish. They are beautiful fish; but they are so expensive these days. They used to be a lot cheaper. Plus their need for high heat is kind of weird. I have a pair of Turquoise Severums now… poor man’s discus. They are a mated pair and have laid eggs once so far… unsuccessfully though. Severums usually have a few unsuccessful runs before their spawnings work out.

      I used to have Lamprologus brichardi that would have babies now and then; they were pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind having a tank of those again sometime.

      What kind of cichlids do you have, Ryan?

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    • They are regular Pink Convicts; they are in a large tank and are fed very well… and the water is changed religiously. I’ve had these over multiple generations.

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