I have always loved the grey and blue variations of the Texas cichlid. I love the color of the Blue Texas when kept in good conditions with color enhancing food. They are very smart and have great personality for a true cichlid hobbyist. I kept mine in a 400 liter tank with other fish their size. I have trained the Blue Texas to my liking and is the most entertaining fish in the tank. An all time favorite.
I've owned a Texas cichlid now for nearly 8 years. He has lived in 5 houses so far, 6th house will be ready soon. He's always lived in a 20 gallon long aquarium and hes about 8.5 inches long. His first tank mate was a feeder goldfish he refused to eat, was wierd he ate all the others and even when we got more he still wouldent eat that one. Eventually the feeder died...so we got him a spotted pimodella catfish for a buddy. I think the Pim liked the texas more than the Texas liked the Pim. Wouldent leave the poor old fella alone. His next friend was a dwarf african clawed frog. He was always just kinda curious as to what this little thing was hehehe. He's still outlived all his tank mates and doesn't care what temperature his water is at. His tank never gets cleaned, it looks like a lake and functions much the same way.
My Texas Cichlid is a very beautiful fish, but she is my nightmare fish. She will kill anything I put in her tank. The only fish she will tolerate in her tank is my flying fox. She acts like he is not even in the tank. This fish, in my experience, definitely lives up to their nasty reputation.
I was given 11 microscopic Texas Cichlid babies by a friend in October 2000. Unanticipatory of how much I'd enjoy them, they stayed in their plastic margarine bowl container for 3 days in the backseat of my car. On that 3rd day, I remembered the babies and cleaned an old 75 liter aquarium I had for over 16 years. All 11 miraculously lived and from that day forward, those babies became the center of my world. I now own that 75 L tank, a 200 L a 280 L. I watched them grow, spoil them with live shrimp and eventually, 3 sets of them paired up. One day, 1 set spawned and Oh, man...was there terror in that tank! Whoa...the mother would become so aggressive to the others that she eventually killed 4 of the original 11 as 2002 came with more spawnings in between. Sadly, every spawning resulted in the other fish eating the eggs and the father would grow irate with ME: I'd press my apologetic finger to the tank and he would fidget along the glass - attempting to bite it. As two more years passed, I eventually lost all but 4 (2 paired up sets) with my largest being over 23 cm long...but still, no babies of theirs would ever survive. However, in July 2004, both sets spawned and the tone of my tank was serene; so content it suggested that all my Cichlids wanted were offspring. Two weeks passed and the remaining original 4 all died on the same day in October: Exactly 4 years old to the day. Now, I'm left with their offpring which was over 1000 at first and has dwindled down to 60. It's such a beautiful feeling knowing I've seen 2nd generation offspring from the original fish which I could've lost by being careless. Amazing how things work out since now, fish are literally the center of my happiness.
I purchased Texas fry from a pet store that indicated they were Jacks. A friend pointed out they were Texans when about 3 cm. Now they have bred at 13 cm and a nice batch of eggs is being hovered over by the female. She is presently fanning them and keeping all the other cichlids in my tank at bay. The male is right by her side, but occasionally ventures out to get food. They have also dug a nest near the flat aquarium decoration where they laid the eggs. I assume the plan will be to pick up the wigglers and put them in the nest to better protect them by hovering over the hole they have dug in the gravel. It will be interesting to see what they do when the eggs hatch. I plan to leave the fry in the tank until they start disappearing.
I have had 7 Texas cichlids for 2 years. They are very aggressive and I have not been able to mix any other species with them. I recently purchased 4 more from my pet shop, they let 2 live and killed 2. The females were killed and the males survived. In my tank there are two huge females and the rest are males fighting to breed. Unfortunatley I have never been able to keep the fry alive for more than 2 weeks. They do breed regularly and I hope to keep some alive.