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This is a discussion on Convict babys/fry within the Cichlids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Originally Posted by bettababy Silver dollars will grow fast... you should be able to expect them to double in size about every 6 months ...

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Old 12-22-2006, 10:28 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by bettababy
Silver dollars will grow fast... you should be able to expect them to double in size about every 6 months or so.
One member can attest to that. Tracy had her silver dollars in a tank less than 50 gallons and she said they were doubling their size so quickly.:)

I'm sorry if you took offense on Dawn's advice.
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Old 12-22-2006, 10:33 PM   #22
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Dont be sorry for him blue, if anyone should be sorry it should be budgie for getting loud with bettababy.

And just to add a little to what bettababy said; most that have experence in the hobby are out to tell you whats best for the fish you are buying/keeping not your pocket book. If you cant afford a "large" tank then dont buy large fish, there are thousands of small fish and im sure you can find a few that you would want to keep as much as a silver dollar.
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Old 12-23-2006, 12:15 AM   #23
Sorry, :(
Sorry guys and ladies,
I did snap out. without realising that you are giving your honest opinion and accurate one at that to. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you and it may sound alittle dumb but how bout we put that behind us and start of with a clean slate??
What do you say :(
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Old 12-23-2006, 12:18 AM   #24
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Hi Budgie.

Let's just forget what happened and move on. The least you can do is avoid the repeat of this incident.:)

Good luck.
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Old 12-23-2006, 12:36 AM   #25
Gidday :o
Thx blue i really aprreciate all the help you have given me and it has helped me out quite abit so id just like to say thx
many thx
P.S. I will try and get some pics tommorow k?
bye :D
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Old 12-24-2006, 02:36 AM   #26
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Apologiy accepted.
Now, if we're ready to start fresh then I'd suggest you tell us all how we can help you most right now? It seems you are in a difficult situation, and I understand how frustrating that can be. With some of the species of fish you have, the choice is going to come down to spending the money on the larger tank or getting different fish for the tanks you already have. If you need suggestions, I'm sure many people here have ideas for you... just tell us which direction you are looking at going. I say this now because you won't have much time before the fish get too big and beyond what you can provide for them with the current setups. It's always cheaper to be prepared and plan ahead. 2 rules of thumb with fish keeping... 1. PATIENCE... don't impulse buy, it gets expensive and dangerous for the fish, it's worth taking the time to do it right. Take your time and remember that good things come to those who wait. 2. RESEARCH... ask questions... lots of them!! Know what you're getting, what it needs long term, and then set up accordingly... before you bring it home.
Some tips for you:
Most LFS's will stock BABY fish... so expect anything you see at any LFS to grow. When browsing the tanks, remember that 95%+ will be young fish and not at their full size.
If you are on a tight budget, keep that in mind when selecting your fish... some are less maintenance and cheaper to keep. Avoid livebearing fishes, avoid easy breeders, and avoid anything with a big appetite.
If you want to breed your fish, find out about breeding habits and requirements for raising fry before you buy. Make a plan, and stick to it.

I'm sure the others will be able to add to this list many times over... remember, we're all here to help. The rewards of proper fish keeping are many. The people here on the board are just one example of that. We want to help show you these rewards.
Happy fishkeeping & Merry Christmas!!
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