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James 10-12-2008 05:02 PM

upsizing tank
I have a ten gallon with a Jack dempsey and two convict cichlids and I am going to have to upsize it soon because all of my fish are becoming to big for the ten gallon and I was thinking of going to a 20 gallon and I was wondering if anybody has any suggestions

Cody 10-12-2008 06:12 PM

You will need a bigger tank than that if you want to keep all the fish.

JD's can reach 10" long, and need a 55G at the least to house them. Convicts can reach 6" and breed like crazy, so a 20G will last a good month or two. Either way, these fish cannot stay in a 20G long term, and a 55G is the bare minimum.

frogman6 10-12-2008 08:04 PM

i agree with cody

look on craigslist to see if there are any good deals on tanks

jeaninel 10-13-2008 11:50 AM

Look for at least a 55 gallon. A 75 would be better as the extra width front to back will give your JD a little more room when he's full grown.

iamntbatman 10-13-2008 07:17 PM

Yep, I agree. You might want to keep the 10g around though, because you'll likely have some fights between these fish as they get older so having a hospital tank would be a big help.

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