04-13-2008, 09:18 PM
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Convict Pair Aggression
I need to know if this behavior is "normal":
I have a breeding pair of black convicts in a 55gal tank. The male is 3.25" and the female is 2.25". They spawned about four weeks ago and have apparently consumed all of the fry as of 10 days ago. The only other tank mate is a 2" pleco and he is not being harassed.
Today, the male has been chasing the female all over the place until she ends up exhausted in the top corner of the tank barely moving. When I turned off the lights the male left the female alone. As soon as I turned the lights on, the male went on another rampage so the lights are off again. After about an hour and a half of lights out they are swimming around nicely together and the female ate when I fed them.
I think the male is trying to badger the female into "the mood" but I am afraid he is going to end up single before too long. TIA for your help!