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post #11 of 16 Old 03-26-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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k thanks for the info guys what i was thinking was this, my firemouth would be bigger than both convicts the convicts at my lfs are very small he doesnt act agressive towards them just kinda keeps them in line with little pecks that dont even do anything i think as long as the male convict is smaller than him he would hold his own and not hurt the little guy i could be wrong you guys have been doing this longer than me but i might think about it and my tank is well planted and was cycled apropriatly
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post #12 of 16 Old 03-26-2012, 07:04 PM
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A lot of aggression goes unnoticed by us until it results in dead or injured fish.

I have kept both these fish and trust me you will be best off NOT keeping them together in that size tank. Either of those fish is capable of flipping out murderously at a moments notice, that is why convicts are recommended to be kept in a species only larger tank or with much larger fish that can keep them in check when they do decide to flip (which they WILL) at spawning time.

Regardless of the fishes size, it is in their nature to be aggressive even if it is on the low end compared to say a Auratus african cichlid...this should be taken into account the moment you get a juvenile. It will NOT change the fish regardless of how much you try and "be nice" with it.

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post #13 of 16 Old 03-31-2012, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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well i took your guys advice and returned the convicts i ended up getting 2 austrilian rainbow fish and 2 redtail rasboras i have had them in the tank for a week now and every one just minds there own business pretty happy overall hopefully add some more rasboras and maybe another rainbow any suggestions on some more tank mates
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well i took your guys advice and returned the convicts i ended up getting 2 austrilian rainbow fish and 2 redtail rasboras i have had them in the tank for a week now and every one just minds there own business pretty happy overall hopefully add some more rasboras and maybe another rainbow any suggestions on some more tank mates
Both mentioned fish are shoaling so more of them. But as this is only a 3-foot 30g tank, you may not have room. Depends upon the species, how large they grow. The rasbora attains 2 inches, so a group of 5-6 is fine. If the Australian Rainbowfish is Melanotaenia fluviatilis the males attain close to 4 inches and the females 3, so a 30g is not sufficient space; I would return these if this is the species.

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post #15 of 16 Old 04-01-2012, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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well i disagree but thanks i know 30 gallon arent big but they are not small by any means plenty of swimming space for 3 or 4 4in. rainbows
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well i disagree but thanks i know 30 gallon arent big but they are not small by any means plenty of swimming space for 3 or 4 4in. rainbows
I was considering the other fish too. And providing the best environment for healthy fish, always my first concern. This fish should be in groups of 6-8 to prevent it being skittish.

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