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post #1 of 4 Old 02-17-2011, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Convict Maturation

I rescued 6 convicts as fry from an emptied tank at the end of May last year. Im really enjoying their activity and ease of care. my concern is that they are maturing and I do not have room for babies. At what age are they sexually mature and will begin to mate? there is a definite size difference with 2 being easily twice the size of the other four. Based on the TFK profile, I believe the two to be male and the four, female. At what point should I separate them to avoid "happy accidents?"

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10 ~ dozens of fry, 2 amazon swords, 1 hydrosponge
60 ~ 1 Angel, 1 Pleco, 4 Mollies, dozens of fry, 10 Neon Tetras, Java fern, Java Moss, 2 Amazon Swords, Anacharis, Ludwigia
10 ~ Invertabratorium~ Red Cherry Shrimp, assassin snail, Java Moss, Java Fern, Amazon Sword
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-17-2011, 12:12 PM
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I would try to separate them asap. Convicts are the guppies of the cichlid world. How big are they?

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-17-2011, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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sizes of convicts

Three of the suspected females are about 1 inch, one is 1.5 inches. both suspect males are about 2 inches.

20H ~ 6 rescued but cramped Juvenile Convicts 2 Amazon Swords
10 ~ dozens of fry, 2 amazon swords, 1 hydrosponge
60 ~ 1 Angel, 1 Pleco, 4 Mollies, dozens of fry, 10 Neon Tetras, Java fern, Java Moss, 2 Amazon Swords, Anacharis, Ludwigia
10 ~ Invertabratorium~ Red Cherry Shrimp, assassin snail, Java Moss, Java Fern, Amazon Sword
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-17-2011, 12:49 PM
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You've had them almost a year and they're only 1.5-2"?

Yeah, separate them soon if you can. They can breed at a very young age, around 2".

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135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
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