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Any convict cichlid friends?
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mcfish
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PostPosted: 2006.12.17(Sun)18:09    Post subject: Any convict cichlid friends? Reply with quote

No one thinks at my LFS there is any thing that would go with convicts I was thinking of a bottom feeder or something else that could hold its own. Right now they are about 2 and 1 half inches. And have not mated or spawned.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.17(Sun)18:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

How big is your tank? What do you have as far as filteration? My guess is that your tank is too small for convicts+friends and they are trying to keep you from buying addition fish that will likely be killed by your cons.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.17(Sun)18:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks I have a 32 gallon tank with a powerful filter of some sort. I was hopeing to get a single bottom feeder of some sort.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.18(Mon)11:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 48 gal bowed tank with three convicts a male and his two sons all under two years old. I also have one Jack Dempsy and one Green Terror, and one Pleco. So far they all get along OK. The Father Convict (T-Rex) dominates the tank even though one of his sons is bigger than him now.

I have a Whisper bio-wheel 400 for filtration. I also do 30% water changes once a week. T-Rex snaps at everyone every now and then, but he has not injured or actually made contact with any of them as far as I can tell.

Every Wednesday I treat then to some Ghost Shrimp and they love it. I also feed them a variety of other foods flakes, worms etc. They are now starting to eat out of my hand.

I am transfering this summer and once we get into our new home I plan on buys a 150 gal tank for them. I added the Jack Dempsey and the Green Terror about three months ago. To curve the agression I rearranged the tank before I added them so that my three convicts would not be territorial. So far they all get along like kids and I really have not had any problems etc. They are really special to me especially the two of the Convicts whom we raised from birth.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.18(Mon)11:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

One a side note, my brother who lives in Califorina has raised 5 convicts for the last 8 years two Black and three Albinos and they are all more than eight inches long now. That is the biggest I have ever seen, they all have those fully delveloped lumps on their foreheads etc. He feeds his fish a diet of chicken, and worms.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.18(Mon)17:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a 32 gallon you could probably get away with a smaller pleco like a bristlenose, but keep in mind that plecostomus are poop machines that are especially good at hiding.
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PostPosted: 2006.12.25(Mon)18:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

got a pair of hi-fin plecos because that was the only type I liked at my LFS is this OK? and how big will they get in that tank? also if I get a bigger tank for them [50 gallons at the most] could I put in tiger barbs?[I have a cascade200]
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PostPosted: 2006.12.25(Mon)18:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also can I feed the convict every now and then some ghost shrimp that have been given nutrional food?
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PostPosted: 2006.12.26(Tue)11:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

The smaller of the 2 plecos died today. Sad would this make the stocking better 1 male convict and 1 hi-fin pleco?
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PostPosted: 2006.12.27(Wed)22:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say you can add a Raphael catfish in there. My Raphael holds his own against a very mean Jack Dempsey.
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