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post #1 of 5 Old 11-19-2006, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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bala sharks with convicts

hi,

I was just wondering if its ok to add convicts (2) to my 55 gallon tank. It only has 2 bala sharks?

I did some research and found that they can mix, but caution in required. What do you think?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-19-2006, 03:20 AM
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That's not a mix I'd ever suggest. Balas are prone to stress, and convicts are extremely aggressive and territorial. In a tank that size, 2 convicts (especially a male/female pair) will claim the entire tank for their own very quickly. If the 2 convicts pair up and begin spawning, a tank that size will prove challenging to keep clean even for the cichlids, unless other arrangements are made soon after the fry arrive. Convicts are good parents and breed easily, meaning that any other fish that comes near fry will surely be attacked. The joke I used to tell about them at the store to get my point across is that they didn't get the name of "convict" for no reason.
If, however, the tank were over 100 gallons with 2 balas and 2 convicts, with enough decoration, there's about a 50/50 chance of pulling it off without the cichlids taking out the balas.

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post #3 of 5 Old 11-19-2006, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I was just wondering because someone was giving me their convicts, and I wanted to make sure first.

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post #4 of 5 Old 11-19-2006, 04:49 PM
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That's why the convicts are being GIVEN away !!
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-20-2006, 07:20 AM
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IMO a 55g tank is to small for the balas. They will out grow the tank in no time. I wouldn't place them in anything under a 100g. They sould also be kept in a small schol of 4 and do better IMO.
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