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jgrem91 01-15-2011 06:04 PM

convicts 36 gallon
 
im about to get a 36 gallon for my pair of convicts to move into, what are some choices of another fish or 2 to put in with them? would another female convict put in at the same time be a good idea?

cbirk 01-16-2011 08:41 AM

Convicts are VERY territorial. I have 2 in a 55g and they constantly nip at each other. The other problem is that they are impossible NOT to bread. I would not under any circumstances place males and females together as you have a very high chance of getting babies. Which sounds great at first, but the problem lies in the fact that they get even more aggressive with babies around, and the father will most likely kill any other fish in a tank that small to protect the fry. Because convicts are so easy to breed, and so frustrating to attempt to keep with other fish it is almost impossible to get rid of the babies.

bearwithfish 01-17-2011 07:36 AM

i would do more convicts as the more population you have with aggressive fish such as these the less damage is done to any one tank mate and the weaker ones can get lost in the crowd.... over filter and slightly over stock ....

1077 01-17-2011 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by jgrem91 (Post 560629)
im about to get a 36 gallon for my pair of convicts to move into, what are some choices of another fish or 2 to put in with them? would another female convict put in at the same time be a good idea?

Healthy convict's can grow to five inches and I would not place anything with a male female pair that I hoped would survive.

badxgillen 01-17-2011 11:20 AM

hmmm
 
there are some fishes that you can keep with convicts but most will out grow your tank as they tend to be larger than the convict...some alaunacaras wich are african, jack dempseys,red devils,oscars,texas,manauguens,amongst others...i have even seen convicts with piranah...but once again these are all larger predatory fishes...you could do pink convicts or honduran red point cichlids wich can both cross breed wich will add color and interest in the tank as a whole...just a few suggestions as it seems most peoples have bad experience with many of the ciahlisoma species.

cbirk 01-17-2011 01:23 PM

An Adult convict can kill an Adult Oscar while protecting it's fry, they are vicious.

jgrem91 01-17-2011 01:28 PM

convicts
 
i have raised the pair with an oscar and a pacu so they are used to another larger fish, im definately going to get another female, or another pair, once i transfer the first pair to my new tank. i may get a juvenile texas or veil tail albino oscar to grow in the tank with them until he/she gets a good enough size. thanks for the info.

jgrem91 01-19-2011 05:47 PM

my bala shark died after a 50% water change today. he began swimming upside down violently towards the surface and bashing his face in the ground. after that he just started floating.


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