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post #21 of 25 Old 09-07-2011, 11:52 AM
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Hey, I recently had a pair of convicts lay eggs. I originally had about 80 fry but its been about a week and a half and I am down to about 30 or 40. They are getting bigger pretty quick. My question is do you leave the parents in with the fry? When do you separate parents from the fry?

I am currently using a divider with various bigger fish on one side of the tank and the convicts w/ fry on the other. Dont want to disrupt anything - but should I move the fry or parents to the other side when things are ready? Not really sure - thanks!
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post #22 of 25 Old 09-07-2011, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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I am new with convicts myself, but from the reading that I have done there a couple different views of how long to keep the parents and fry together. Some say to remove them early, but I have also seen people recommend removing the fry when the parents get ready to spawn again. Usually once the pair starts a new spawn they will view the previous spawn as something to protect their new spawn from, instead of the fry that they were raising.
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post #23 of 25 Old 09-07-2011, 12:50 PM
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I am new with convicts myself, but from the reading that I have done there a couple different views of how long to keep the parents and fry together. Some say to remove them early, but I have also seen people recommend removing the fry when the parents get ready to spawn again. Usually once the pair starts a new spawn they will view the previous spawn as something to protect their new spawn from, instead of the fry that they were raising.
I agree with BarbH on when to remove the fry. I have some extensive experience with breeding convicts. First by choice but then I couldn't stop the action. I had 2 pairs. They only became aggresive when they were getting ready to spawn. It was at that point I would remove the fry to another tank.
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post #24 of 25 Old 09-09-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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9/9 We have made it from the wiggler stage to the free swimming stage. Not exactly sure of how many fry, but it looks like most of the have made it so far. Came home tonight to find them swimming around the gravel with the parents keeping watch. Turned off the lights and 15 minutes later all back in their cave grouped together. Will try to get some pictures this weekend.
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post #25 of 25 Old 09-11-2011, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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9/11 Babies are swimming all over the tank now and are grazing off of the algae the has been growing in the tank. Mom and dad are standing guard over the babies and if I get to close to the glass they will rush at me. Checked at one of the local stores today when I was out and they will take the babies when they get big enough as long as they have enough room in their tank. Here are some pictures that I have gotten of these little guys swimming around.
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