One of my favorite species that I’ve ever kept is Cryptoheros sp. “honduran red point” “Rio Danli, Honduras”. This is an undescribed species that makes a great aquarium resident. I maintain a pair of Honduran Red Points at the Fish Lab at Sacramento State. I recently just got another spawn and hopefully will have some fry in a few days.
This is a beautiful species, personally, I think it’s the best looking Convict type. Female Honduran Red Points have magnificent orange bellies while males have a red caudal fin (leading to the name Red Point) and a pink colored belly. What is great about this species is both males and females get fantastic green and blue hues to their bodies as well as their fins.
Honduran Red Points are easy to keep. They are much less aggressive than the other Convict type cichlids. Pairs tend to form strong bonds and can be easily bred in 20 gallon tanks. They also have much smaller spawns than the typical Convict cichlid. The largest I’ve ever gotten was 60 eggs, much smaller than regular Convict cichlids that have hundreds of fry.
It’s important to note that there are a few fish going around as Cryptoheros sp. “honduran red point”. Mainly the two fish seen on the market with this name are fish from Rio Danli and Rio Mongo, both in Honduras. THE RIO DANLI FISH IS THE TRUE RED POINT! The fish from the Rio Mongo, although common seen as Cryptoheros sp. “honduran red point” “Rio Mongo”, looks quite different and most likely is represents Cryptoheros siquia. It’s also important to note that their are many hybrids on the market of Honduran Red Points X common Convict. These should be avoided. Be sure if you are going to buy Honduran Red Points you get them from a reliable source that maintains a good line.