Don't Do It
August 13, 2014 at 1:15pm
It is against Louisiana law for an angler to possess or sell Rio Grand cichlids. If one is caught using legal means, a cichlid shall not be returned to the water or kept alive.
Cichlids are an invasive species and this is to prevent their spread to other areas. If you put them in a pond and it has a drain to other areas or floods and overflows, those fish can spread all over. Also, it's possible that eggs can be spread by birds and hatch in other water bodies.
The law is there for good reason and you don't want to be caught breaking it.