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ferszty 10-23-2009 05:00 AM

can a bristle nose catfish be in an aquarium with convicts?
 
can a bristle nose catfish be in an aquarium with convicts?:|

bettababy 10-30-2009 01:48 AM

No, absolutely not. Even small convict cichlids would eat a bristlenose quickly. The only pleco species I would ever suggest for a convict tank would be a standard pleco, and then only if the decor in the tank was set up properly so the pleco has a way to fend off the attacks.

With a bristlenose, the fish would first chew up on the bristles, which are soft tissue and unprotected. The damage done there would lead to illness and infection in the pleco, so if the cichlids don't manage to eat the entire pleco it would die from illness and stress.

With a standard pleco the only body part real vulnerable to the cichlids would be the belly area. As long as the cichlids can't get underneath the pleco or flip it over, it could do just fine.

1077 10-30-2009 02:07 AM

I agree with Bettababy, Convicts can be nasty little cichlids for their size,especially during spawning. Do keep in mind that the common plecos can reach eighteen to twenty four inches and will at somepoint, outgrow most aquariums. And as bettababy pointed out, all plecos should have a retreat somewhere in the tank.

ferszty 10-30-2009 03:31 AM

thanx lots

ferszty 10-30-2009 03:35 AM

last weekend got my new tank its a 40 gal tank
could anything go in with convicts no rush im getting convicts
next year sometime.

1077 10-30-2009 06:10 AM

Were it me,(and it ain't) I might look at columbian tetras,congo tetras,and perhaps raphael catfish. This could in my view work. If a pair of convicts however,decide to spawn,, all bets are off with respect to the other fishes survival. Don'y really suggest trying to breed them even though it is relatively easy. You will most likely end up with hundreds of baby convicts that wil be difficult to even give away. But it's your tank.

Lupin 10-30-2009 10:12 AM

I'd forget the convicts. In my experience, they kept spawning much to my dismay as it meant pandemonium all around with my other cichlids bullied constantly by the cons. Spawning takes only a male, a female con and then water. They practically breed worse than rabbits.

bettababy 10-30-2009 05:04 PM

I agree with Lupin, especially in a 40 gallon tank. I have seen a 3 inch convict rip apart 10 inch oscars in less than an hour...

The problem with the convicts is that if you find something that can survive them, chances are the convicts won't survive the tank mate. The tetras listed above would only be expensive food for convicts. As for the raphael catfish... all convicts will do is pluck out their eyes and then proceed to rip them apart once they are blind... I've seen that happen too, and more than once.

A healthy female convict can get about 7 inches in length... in a 40 gallon tank there wouldn't be any room for others to get away. There are many other cichlids you could work with that stay smaller and would thrive in that tank with other fish for tank mates. Have you considered something like kribensis instead? They are still aggressive, more colorful, and able to cohabitat with other species of fish.

Convict tanks should be species only.

1077 11-01-2009 12:44 AM

I agree with most of what's been said above. As mentioned, not much can survive in even larger tanks with a breeding pair of convicts. I have however kept single specimens with the fish I mentioned above without issue. Convicts in my view,are not what you could call a gregarious fish and as also mentioned,are best kept in convict only tanks. I still believe the fish I mentioned could work but as stated, All bets are off with respect to tankmates if breeding the convicts is your aim.

ferszty 11-02-2009 02:47 AM

thanx
and the only reason im getting cons is because ive never had egglayers
and i want to breed some than im getting some different types egglayers


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