04-17-2008, 07:42 PM
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I've got a CAE. I kept him in a community when first starting out (he was fine, even with newborn baby fry). He was even kept in a 6ft, very understocked tank, but eventually he grew and become mean. He started to shred my ram's fins, even though he wasn't any bigger than her. So he moved out, and is in his own tank now.
CAE's are funny when they're young, they have lots of personality, but soon he will not work in your tank. I'd recommend getting rid of him before you get more attached!
As for the fry- I say let them out! But it really depends on the individual temperament of your fish. I had 3 guppies and the CAE in a 10G when I was starting out, and the fry took over even though I never separated them. Just make sure you keep the grownups will fed, and that there are hiding spots for your fry. A few of the weak ones may get munched, but most of them will probably survive, and they'll be happier with the extra space.