I ve got a mating pair of red jewels which I'm going to post photos of. They are presently in a 10 gal tank with their fry and have been in there goin on 3-4 weeks. I ve noticed that my male is now showing signs of malnutrition as some cichlids get when they form those black splotches and his color has really faded as well. The female was never really bey colorful at all but she's also much more mature than he is so she has proven to be more hardy thru age and time. And he is her second mate and she is his first. What I'm wondering is since my fry have been free swimming for quite some time and growing well can I safely add him back to my community tank. I have a breeder net that I can place him in to keep him isolated but it will allow him to be in a much more efficient system and provide meds and food to him more easily than I could in the grow out tank he was in. I just emptied my quarantine tank and drained it to clean it out and resettup for a breeding group of reef zebras I ve ordered online from a breeder. If this wasn't happening I wouldn't be asking but I feel I need to move him before he gets stressed and decides to start eating fry. Better yet could I remove both of them and place them back into my community tank ? It's a 125 gal heavily rock scaped with lots of caves and over hangs. The tank isn't over stocked at all only 15 fish in it aside from themselves. I also have a custom built divider I could use to seperate them from the others in the tank physically. Male Female Pair male ( you can see the black splotching - he never had any black splotching until now) Him before adding female to community tank them after fry hatched They have both dulled in color I cannot deny but hers I noticed even in store was always dull. His on the other hand improved when I added her and even before that was never as pale as he is now.