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beaglekjs 06-23-2007 02:29 PM

breeding convicts
I have 3 week old fry and the male almost killed the female. I rescued her and moved her to another tank. Should I take the male away from the fry too? He is still looking after them. No other fish in the tank

herefishy 06-23-2007 03:33 PM

I would move the male. He attacked the female, more than likely, because he was interested in breeding again. He may grow weary of tending the young and have them for a meal.

Gump 06-23-2007 03:48 PM

A lot of people say remove the male or female but i've found that its important to keep the pair together so they hold there bond. You should be removing the fry after a week or two but don't let it go to far past that. Depending on the size of the male and female if you could make a cave or rocky area that only the female can go into when the male is all fired up. Also what size tank is this?

gem 06-23-2007 05:00 PM

I agree with Gump 100%. The pair should remain together. If you separate them and then try to reintroduce them later, you will likely have a larger deadlier fight on your hands. IME the male will continue watching after the fry as will the female, whether you take them out after a few weeks or even several months. My cloud-o-fry stayed in the same tank with Mom and Dad for close to 6 months. Only because I had no place to put them. is best to remove the fry once they are eating a bit larger than bbs, and put them in a grow out tank. They don't grow very quickly in with Mom and Dad. Also.....expect to have some cannibalism within the school of fry as some will grow faster than others and often the strongest make a meal out of brother and sister.

beaglekjs 06-23-2007 07:37 PM

breeding convicts
What should I do I already moved the female he had her almost dead and very beat up. She did have alot of places to hide. The fry are 3 weeks old and it is a 29 gallon tank.

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