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post #1 of 11 Old 10-23-2009, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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can a bristle nose catfish be in an aquarium with convicts?

can a bristle nose catfish be in an aquarium with convicts?

the types fish that i have r?
mollies 4 normal 1 sailfin
platies 4
guppies lots
swordtails 8 normal 1 bouble swordtail
bristle nose catfish-5 albino 5 normal
white clouds
2 albino and 1 bronze corydoras
Zebra danios 4 normal 1spotted 1 albino longfin
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-30-2009, 01:48 AM
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No, absolutely not. Even small convict cichlids would eat a bristlenose quickly. The only pleco species I would ever suggest for a convict tank would be a standard pleco, and then only if the decor in the tank was set up properly so the pleco has a way to fend off the attacks.

With a bristlenose, the fish would first chew up on the bristles, which are soft tissue and unprotected. The damage done there would lead to illness and infection in the pleco, so if the cichlids don't manage to eat the entire pleco it would die from illness and stress.

With a standard pleco the only body part real vulnerable to the cichlids would be the belly area. As long as the cichlids can't get underneath the pleco or flip it over, it could do just fine.

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post #3 of 11 Old 10-30-2009, 02:07 AM
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I agree with Bettababy, Convicts can be nasty little cichlids for their size,especially during spawning. Do keep in mind that the common plecos can reach eighteen to twenty four inches and will at somepoint, outgrow most aquariums. And as bettababy pointed out, all plecos should have a retreat somewhere in the tank.

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-30-2009, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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thanx lots

the types fish that i have r?
mollies 4 normal 1 sailfin
platies 4
guppies lots
swordtails 8 normal 1 bouble swordtail
bristle nose catfish-5 albino 5 normal
white clouds
2 albino and 1 bronze corydoras
Zebra danios 4 normal 1spotted 1 albino longfin
1 Betta red/blue/purple
bristle nose fry
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-30-2009, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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last weekend got my new tank its a 40 gal tank
could anything go in with convicts no rush im getting convicts
next year sometime.

the types fish that i have r?
mollies 4 normal 1 sailfin
platies 4
guppies lots
swordtails 8 normal 1 bouble swordtail
bristle nose catfish-5 albino 5 normal
white clouds
2 albino and 1 bronze corydoras
Zebra danios 4 normal 1spotted 1 albino longfin
1 Betta red/blue/purple
bristle nose fry
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-30-2009, 06:10 AM
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Were it me,(and it ain't) I might look at columbian tetras,congo tetras,and perhaps raphael catfish. This could in my view work. If a pair of convicts however,decide to spawn,, all bets are off with respect to the other fishes survival. Don'y really suggest trying to breed them even though it is relatively easy. You will most likely end up with hundreds of baby convicts that wil be difficult to even give away. But it's your tank.

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-30-2009, 10:12 AM
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I'd forget the convicts. In my experience, they kept spawning much to my dismay as it meant pandemonium all around with my other cichlids bullied constantly by the cons. Spawning takes only a male, a female con and then water. They practically breed worse than rabbits.

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post #8 of 11 Old 10-30-2009, 05:04 PM
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I agree with Lupin, especially in a 40 gallon tank. I have seen a 3 inch convict rip apart 10 inch oscars in less than an hour...

The problem with the convicts is that if you find something that can survive them, chances are the convicts won't survive the tank mate. The tetras listed above would only be expensive food for convicts. As for the raphael catfish... all convicts will do is pluck out their eyes and then proceed to rip them apart once they are blind... I've seen that happen too, and more than once.

A healthy female convict can get about 7 inches in length... in a 40 gallon tank there wouldn't be any room for others to get away. There are many other cichlids you could work with that stay smaller and would thrive in that tank with other fish for tank mates. Have you considered something like kribensis instead? They are still aggressive, more colorful, and able to cohabitat with other species of fish.

Convict tanks should be species only.

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post #9 of 11 Old 11-01-2009, 12:44 AM
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I agree with most of what's been said above. As mentioned, not much can survive in even larger tanks with a breeding pair of convicts. I have however kept single specimens with the fish I mentioned above without issue. Convicts in my view,are not what you could call a gregarious fish and as also mentioned,are best kept in convict only tanks. I still believe the fish I mentioned could work but as stated, All bets are off with respect to tankmates if breeding the convicts is your aim.

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post #10 of 11 Old 11-02-2009, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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thanx
and the only reason im getting cons is because ive never had egglayers
and i want to breed some than im getting some different types egglayers

the types fish that i have r?
mollies 4 normal 1 sailfin
platies 4
guppies lots
swordtails 8 normal 1 bouble swordtail
bristle nose catfish-5 albino 5 normal
white clouds
2 albino and 1 bronze corydoras
Zebra danios 4 normal 1spotted 1 albino longfin
1 Betta red/blue/purple
bristle nose fry
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