06-06-2008, 02:59 AM
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She is in a 10 gallon. The reason for this is when she spawns,I immediately take out the male, and she is less stress.She will raise the fry in this small tank and be able to keep them better fed and watch over them better than in a large tank where the fry are all over the place.When the fry are 2 weeks old, she gets put back into the 80 gallon tank.That way all the fry are contained in the 10 gallon.Which means they all have a better chance of getting food,they can form schools easily, which makes for less shy fish rather than a large tank there would be countless fry hidding all over from other fish.They have their own tank to grow, and grow FAST. I keep the water in check and by 1 month old they have their stripes and are starting to over crowd the tank.That is when I sell them to the LFS. Also,when they are in a smaller tank, just after mom is taken out, a pleco and snail can be added and can clean all of their hide outs and caves with out being killed by mom.If you are going to breed your own it is simple but there are things you should have to insure top % of fry surviving.Give them a clay pot 3" to 6" no bigger. Have at least three ornaments in the tank that have very small hole so papa can't eat them if he so chooses. Mine does.Have two cave, one for mom and one for dad.Always have one of the cave right next to the clay pot.This is so when the fry hatch and are helpless, mom can herd them into it close by for protection,even when no other fish is in the tank.Cover your filter intake grid with some old fabric that comes from a filter(use rubber bands).It has to be coarse enough to see through,yet smaller than the fry.Or wrap a tank devider around the whole intake tube.Place a group of plants just about an inch from the cave that they stay,that way when you feed them,the food will get caught in the plants and will be easy for the fry to consume in a group instead of letting them scatter all over after food.I feed my fry 2 days after they are free swimming.I feed them a mixture of spirulina super soft,freeze dried krill,freeze dried brine shrimp,omega cichlid flakes,and Tetra cichlid MINI GRANULES.I put a pinch of each of these into a bowl and grind it up very fine.I feed them by taking a pinch of this and put it under water into the plants and release it by grinding my finger like you snap your fingers and the food coats the plant.This method is what I have done through trial and error, and it works great!!!!.And mom will bite you when you do this, so be qwick.I then feed mom her regular food about an hour after that.
If there is anything you want to know about Convicts, I have done some heavy research on them for five years strait.hope this makes sense. :D