Honduran Red Point
The Honduran Red Point is a fish that is surrounded by misconceptions and misunderstandings. This Central American Cichlid is really a joy to keep, is mostly peaceful and a great addition to many tanks. Yes, there are similarities in appearance to the notoriously nasty Convict Cichlid, but that is really where the similarities end. Behavior, colors, breeding, and even a few physical characteristics set the Red Point apart from the Convict.
The Red Point has mostly powdered blue body with some red on the belly and red tips on the dorsal and anal fins. It has been observed by many that the mouth of the Red Point is rounder than that of the Convict Cichlid.
Personality in the aquarium is what really sets the Honduran Red Point apart. It is a peaceful fish and we have kept a breeding pair in our planted tank with all kinds of small rasboras and tetras. We never experienced aggression with the fish, even during breeding. They did guard and chase other fish from their nest, but they never caused harm.
We have heard of and seen aggressive "Red Points." This is where some speculation must come in. The Red Point will cross with Convicts, and we have seen several cases of hobbyists bringing "Red Points" into a store for trade, only to find out one of the parents was indeed a Convict. The fry from these crosses do make a blue (although a bit more iridescent and darker blue) fish and they do show the aggression of Convicts. In all cases that we have seen of aggressive Red Points it appears that a cross with a Convict was involved.
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Breeding the Honduran Red Point
Breeding is very easy and the fish will start at a very small size. When the fish is young it the spawning is relatively small (30-40 eggs), but it does increase with size as the fish mature. The fish will make use of any flat surface to place their eggs, but we have found a clay pot to be the favorite option.
Females tend to have more red on their bellies, and males more red on the tips of their dorsal and anal fins.
Red Points are very good parents and will guard the fry for about 2 weeks after they become free swimming. Baby brine shrimp are a great first food and the fry will grow very quickly if provided with ample food and regular water changes.
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