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post #1 of 6 Old 05-14-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
Convict in a 30-gallon Cube?

This is likely not going to happen for various reasons, but there's a little male (fairly certain it's a male, currently an inch to an inch and a quarter long) with ich at work that I've become partial to and a part of me is tempted to want to bring him home to treat him myself. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a fish that seems to recognize me and is even fairly interactive. That's before figuring in the fact that the upkeep on that tank is inconsistent at best (so I worry about him).

Again, unlikely this would happen for several reasons, but part of my method of avoiding/quashing temptation is to research. So I've been looking more at Convicts and I got to wondering if a single Convict would work in the 30-gallon Oceanic Cube that I have (and am actually planning to turn into a Betta sorority after a move). I'm not sure how I feel about keeping a single Convict because I've read they can be more skittish if kept singly, but still I wondered...

Is a 30-gallon Cube (19.5"x20"x17.5" according to AqAdvisor) fine for a single Convict? Or would something larger be required even if that is the only fish in the tank?

I checked out the profile here, but the tank size is for a pair -- not sure if it's different for a single Convict. I also have yet to find the answer elsewhere either.

Thanks in advance for indulging some curiosity.
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-15-2012, 04:21 AM
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If it was going to be the only fish in the tank then a 30g is fine for it.

It would be beneficial to at least treat the ich though as chances are it has already spread to other fish in the tank.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-15-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
Ah, I was hoping that perhaps a single Convict still needed a larger tank, or a larger tank footprint, to put a definitive end to the idea.

He's been in the hospital tank, which is on its own filter and everything, and is supposed to be treated. I work for PetSmart though, so unfortunately that's really the only hospital tank we have and there's corporate rules surrounding it such as a manager being the only one who can treat the tank and such (which is why the upkeep has been inconsistent at best) and what treatments can be used, I believe, as well. Currently he's in there with one of the African Cichlids who also had ich and an owner returned Dalmatian Molly who now has ich as well. I've been doing as much as I can by being sure they have the appropriate food (i.e. cichlid pellets and an algae wafer opposed to tropical flakes for the cichlids) and giving them thawed out bloodworms every time I work, but of course that doesn't solve the ich problem...

I have been thinking of ignoring corporate rules though, and I have to stop there today so I might check on them and bump up the tank temp a bit since I've read that helps with ich. Of course, even if they do get better the tank the Convicts are in now is particularly notorious for ich and I'm not even sure how to approach that given that it's on the same system as the rest of the sales tanks and whatnot, which is really just another issue altogether at the moment.

Apologies, most of that was a venting of frustrations combined with a "thinking things aloud" kind of thing...that isn't curing the thoughts that I have a couple of tens I was planning to set up after the move that could be used as a hospital tank. Which presents another problem in itself: the soonest we might be moving, and that's if we get the house we've put a bid on, is probably July/August, so about two or three months of growth in a 10-gallon.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-18-2012, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
Since it appears that this thread is still checked out periodically, I thought I would offer an update for anyone curious about the little guy's fate: he is currently ich free (as are the Kenyi that was in there with ich, and the Dalmatian Molly that had been in there as well) and back on the sales floor -- and I think he took over another, smaller Convict's territory amidst the plants on the rock ornament in the tank.

So while he's better, and I no longer have to worry about him (unless he gets ich again), I'm still rather fond of him and trying to figure out if I could work out getting him...I really am a sucker, haha. I've even been researching since I created this thread and working out a tank plan despite that it's still highly unlikely I could bring him home, but I figure the more I feel I should research the longer I can resist -- it's a twisted sort of logic that somehow works out for me.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-18-2012, 10:06 PM
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If you already have a tank for him at home, why not get a friend to purchase him for you and bring him home?

Do not risk your job if you have company rules stating you cannot do certain things.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-18-2012, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
Oh, no, there's no issues as far as company rules -- in fact, I almost think my pet care manager might have allowed me to adopt him for nothing if I had decided to treat him myself (she's fairly lenient, especially if it's in the best/better interest of the animal in question). The issue lies in that I'm still living with my folks -- haven't managed to work up enough money/financial stability to try another move -- and while my father likely doesn't care, I'm not sure my mother is entirely thrilled with my fairly recent (about October/November of last year) enthusiasm for aquatics, even if it requires little to nothing from them (water and electricity).

I do have the tank(s) though, so it's tempting (especially as I haven't been told that I can't set them up), and about the only thing I haven't figured out set up wise is filtration. Not sure as a single Convict would sell as a "family" tank that I maintain, which was an idea that came to mind (as well as a solution to my sister and brother-in-law's Molly/Platy fry issues they're having).

But the parental issue is the part I'm trying to work out: the most difficult part in anything where it's a factor, it seems, haha.
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