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post #11 of 18 Old 07-06-2007, 08:22 PM
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who would it possibly mate with?
Knives cannot mate with cichlids if that's what you are thinking.

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post #12 of 18 Old 07-07-2007, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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so mayb the oscar?
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post #13 of 18 Old 07-07-2007, 09:07 AM
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so mayb the oscar?
I'm a bit confused as to what you mean? Are yhou meaning the oscar might mate with the cons? Or the oscar might mate with the knife fish.

Either way the answer would be no. Most fish don't interbreed unless the species is very similar. Some livebearers will interbreed and I have heard that some lake malawi cichlids will interbreed but in general fish aren't known for interbreeding. Often it is difficult to get fish to breed with the same species, nevermind getting them to interbreed.

The cons will breed with each other, they are known for this, and I wouldn't worry about them interbreeeding with ayone else as they will be too busy with each other.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-07-2007, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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well, all i know is, i have a jack dempsey, oscar, knife, and a female convict in my tank. the JD had the egg on her belly yesterday, but when i checked this morning, she had laid them.

heres some pics. last pic is of the eggs on the bottom of the tank.



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what do you guys think??
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-07-2007, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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should i start this on a new thread?
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-08-2007, 12:01 AM
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Female cichlids may lay eggs without a male around. Although it is less often than if there was a male. I can gaurantee that the eggs won't hatch.

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post #17 of 18 Old 07-08-2007, 06:36 AM
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In that case the female has simply got broody and laid eggs. This doesn't mean she has mated. Just like a chicken lays eggs without a male, fish can do the same.
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-08-2007, 09:32 AM
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I've seen convicts cross breed many a time. Usually its the female convict that chooses a male from another species.
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