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so i just noticed that my convict had babies .. i believe it mated with my blood parrot because they're always around the babies protecting them .. i have no clue on what to do with them .. whats the procedure on raising baby fish?
 

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Blood Parrots are supposed to be sterile, not fertile. What are your other fish?
I have to admit I used to have a jellybean parrot(which is fertile) mating with my albino convict.:crazy:
 

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jellybean parrot? is that like an albino blood parrot? my, what i assume is a blood parrot, isnt orange .. could i possibly have a jellybean parrot also? i have a tiger oscar, jack dempsey, knifefish, and a pleco in the tank with them
 

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jellybean parrot? is that like an albino blood parrot? my, what i assume is a blood parrot, isnt orange .. could i possibly have a jellybean parrot also? i have a tiger oscar, jack dempsey, knifefish, and a pleco in the tank with them
Jellybean parrots are quite small compared to blood parrots. They reach 4 inches max. Mine is only about 7 cm and he was able to mate with my albino convict.:dunno:
 

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i'll try to post pics up later .. but what should i do? is raising babies easy to do? i really want to see how they turn out i.e color pattern and shape
 

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i'll try to post pics up later .. but what should i do? is raising babies easy to do? i really want to see how they turn out i.e color pattern and shape
It is easy if you are prepared with foods. Buy liquid food designed for fry in your lfs. If not, try to cook a hard-boiled egg and remove the egg yolk, then suspend the egg yolk in the jar and get a medicine dropper. Squirt the food into the shoal of fry. Be careful not to overfeed. Feed them only when the fry are in free-swimming stage.
You can hatch brine shrimps if you like.
 

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do you suggest removing the babies and putting them in a separate tank?
As you want to keep them alive, then do so.:)
 

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how would i take them out? with something like a baster? would i put the parents in the tank with them too?
You have to remove them only when they are in free-swimming stage.
You do not need to move the parents if they are in free-swimming stage. This is applied to raising the fry of angelfish. The only exception was those discus whose fry need the parents' mucous membrane for food.
Use fine-meshed net to catch the fry.
 

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i believe they are in the free swimming stage .. the convict and parrot take them in their mouths and spit them back in the corner when the fry wander off too far .. the fry are about half an inch long .. i would probably only need like a 20 or 30 gallon tank with a heater and filter for the fry, right?
 

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here's a picture of the mates


here's a pic of the fry


here's a closer pic of the fry



the quality is pretty bad b/c i took the pics with my phone .. but is that a jellybean parrot? and do the fry appear to have hit the free swimming stage?
 

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Your fry did reach the free-swimming stage. You need a sponge filter for raising them. I don't think the heater is necessary. It may malfunction anytime killing your fry.:dunno:
Your parrot seems to look like jellybean parrot to me.

Your tank should be bare-bottom as fry tend to slip between the gravel which may kill them as their parents may not be able to get them out. Another reason is hygiene. With substrate, detritus are trapped thus the deterioration of water quality is faster than the bare-bottom in which gravel vacuuming is easy as you only remove all wastes in sight.

If you want the fry to grow faster, feed them 3-4 times a day but siphon out the uneaten food after 5 minutes. And do frequent water changes to ensure water is clean.
 

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is it true that if you take all of the fry out, the parents will become depressed and might not lay again?
Where did you hear this "myth"?:squint: I doubt that's true.:dunno:
Not true at all. They'll only fight because they think one of them ate the eggs.
They will still lay eggs again though.:wink2:
 

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i heard it from this guy at my lfs .. i took out 75% if the fry and left the rest in the 100gallon tank .. should i take the rest out? would that be better for the other fish in the tank?
 

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i heard it from this guy at my lfs .. i took out 75% if the fry and left the rest in the 100gallon tank .. should i take the rest out? would that be better for the other fish in the tank?
Unless you can accommodate all the fry, I would just allow nature to take its course. Convicts are quite prolific and they can be pesky once their population increases rapidly.:blueshake:
 

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This sounds familiar! I miss my convicts :cry: . Blue could that pix be of a pink convict? Dee
 
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