Just to set the facts strait, aquarium strain convicts are possibly a hybrid of strains (crosses of cons from different collection points, maybe) but are not nessessarily a cross of different species. The florida fish farms suplied the hobby for many years, not to mention the fact they are very easily bred and were subsequently distributed between aquarists for many decades. Cons go way, way back and are one of the first cichlids ever imported, and were a long with the angelfish, the first cichlids to become popular. No real reason to suppose that convicts were ever innitially imported more then once, and any extremely rare importation afterwards probably had little to no effect on the general aquarium population. Availability of wild caught CA is a fairly recent thing, and still with an aquarium convict population as large and wide spread, probably has yet to have any significant impact on it.dogofwar said:which are quite different from the hybridized ones available at most LFS
It is my understanding as well, that even from the same collection point there can be a very large variation in apearances. I have read that some have reported large differences in the apearance of the F1 offspring from some wild caught variants. Aparently convicts, even from the same collection point in the wild, can carry a high degree of variation.dogofwar said:It depends - "wild" convicts are highly variable in appearance and behavior from collection point to collection point.