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ladayen 07-23-2011 01:03 AM

What a day....
So I rescued a pile of Convict cichlids. 18+ consisting of at least 3 generations in a 20g tank. The woman didn't know what a gravel vac was.. just to give you an idea what the water quality was like. Wound up taking the tank too... it stinks but I'm hoping I can find something that eats the massive amounts of algae in it and get a colony going.

So following that.. went and picked up 8 more Jack Dempseys to add to the three I got a few days ago. The guy had fry and waited 6 months before he even tried to give away. So aside from the parents and 30ish "fry" in the 55 gallon tank, they were otherwise taken care of.

Hope to find new homes for all these guys soon as I dont have room to house them long term.. and hope theres no more fry lol. If I get any I think I'll have to put convict fry with JD's and JD fry with convicts. That should work right?

rrcoolj 07-23-2011 05:47 AM

Not necessarily. They very well may raise eachothers fry if the fry are small and unrecognizable. I would ditch the cons and keep the jd pair in the 55. That would be a nice pair to have.

ladayen 07-23-2011 03:14 PM

I dont have a 55. I took them from a guy who had the parents and 25-30 6 month "babies" in a 55 gallon tank, and he was going on vacation. I gave him some knowledge I came across so hoping to not have that situation again. I got them spread out in a bunch of 10 and 20's. Thats why I really need to get rid of them.

rrcoolj 07-23-2011 03:48 PM

Ahh I see. Maybe try a couple LFS and see if they will take them. I doubt you will be able to sell them to hobbyist.

ladayen 07-23-2011 04:15 PM

We are not planning on selling them just giving them away to anyone that may be able to properly take care of them. We only have one LFS and they are not the type to want to take in fish even if they are free. We may have to go to the next city over to find anyone that may want some.

ladayen 07-23-2011 07:19 PM

tested the water from the tank we got with the convicts I knew it would be bad but can not believe the fish surivived the conditions it was a total of 19 fish in a 20 gallon tank all convicts. Parameters read at
NH3 .5
NO2 3.3
NO3 110

Poor Fish

rrcoolj 07-23-2011 07:38 PM

Good lord! Was the guy using the tank as a toilet? That is terrible. Convicts are one durable fish i'll say that.

Bluebirdnanny 07-30-2011 07:07 PM

I can't believe they were still alive. Better watch well for illness!

ladayen 07-30-2011 07:35 PM

No signs of illness at all amazingly. Rehomed most of them and all the JD's + 2 more we came across. We found a guy that had nearly 20 tanks... not counting his reptile ones lol. Most of them were 55g+ and they were cared for, so thats where the majority of them went.

We have 6 left, probably going to be keeping the alpha male of the group, the other 5 are sitting in a 29g with a goldfish and some other cichlid(the solid yellow one in the link below). They seem to be schooling together. It's kinda funny, they all follow the goldfish, stop as he picks up some gravel and spits it out then they continue on lol. Goldfish is going next weekend at the latest. Guy was supposed to come get it for his pond yesterday but we had some miscommunication and he came when we weren't around. Now he's gone camping. So he'll grab it when he gets back.

Aside from the convicts we got these guys still.. Not quite sure what we are doing with them yet. oh yeah.. and 2 common pleco in our 35g community tank. They are only 4-5" from head to tip of tail, but they've been so badly treated I think they may be full grown.

Romad 07-30-2011 08:34 PM

I can't believe the fish survived in that water. :shock: :shock:

It's amazing what they'll adapt to.

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