01-05-2011, 08:13 PM
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Better Late than Never...
Originally Posted by iamntbatman
If you have a second tank to use as a hospital tank I would move the JD to that tank and keep water quality pristine (double your normal water change schedule, at least). Keep mild antibacterials and antifungals on hand in case infection sets in.
After the JD is nice and healed up, and if you're intent on keeping these fish together, you can try moving the convict to the hospital tank after moving the JD to the main display tank. Leave the convict in there for at least a few days until the JD starts to get comfortable in the display. Rearrange all of the decor in the display if possible. Then, try adding the convict back to the display. He may no longer regard the tank as "his" and might be less aggressive as a result. Both species are aggressive fish so this is no guaranteed solution. If you notice serious aggression after trying this I'd say that the two fish aren't able to live together in anything resembling peace.
Right on the money!!! I agree with it all 100%. Sometimes, with cichlids, there is no peace between them, even with chichlids that generally have a low aggression. For example, I had an ordeal with a VERY aggressive Firemouth that was still a juvenile...it thought it ruled the show biting fins and trying to murder my other FM and OB Peacock cichlid...I removed him and decided that he just was too aggressive for my tank and re-homed him where he would be the only fish.
My current cichlids (2) are pretty calm, but to be on the safe side prior to adding a blood red parrot cichlid next week I plan on re-decorating and adding more caves in hopes to avoid any situations like the sort. Also will have a QT tank set up just in case.
Hope your aggression issue is easily fixed. And I think you might have to keep that convict in his own tank by himself if you ever want to be able to safely add other fish to that tank. Good luck.