Convict Laid Eggs

Skittzcc
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My female is around 1inch long and my male is about 1.5inches I had her on her own for a week after buying her from the pet store then I went and brought her a male and they got along a paired straight away about 3 days later I was moving my tank around and noticed her swim out of the plant pot fast like she was overly scared but I didnt think if anything at the time I moved the pot at first I thought it was algae but then realised it was brown fertilised eggs so I moved the pot back to how it was they have now hatched and fell to the the bottom of the pot as its on a slant but my problem is the size of my tank its only 17litre around 5gallons.. I always thought that was way to small for a cichlid o even breed in or are convicts like rabbits (not to fussy on where and how they breed)? Will they be okay? How can I keep them alive as they my first batch of fry ever after keeping fish for years.. I've also covered my filter with a thing sock so they don't fall victI'm to that
Amy advice would help thanks
 
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I really can't answer your question, but I did want to say Welcome to FishLore!
 
Mickiemas
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Skittzcc said:
My female is around 1inch long and my male is about 1.5inches I had her on her own for a week after buying her from the pet store then I went and brought her a male and they got along a paired straight away about 3 days later I was moving my tank around and noticed her swim out of the plant pot fast like she was overly scared but I didnt think if anything at the time I moved the pot at first I thought it was algae but then realised it was brown fertilised eggs so I moved the pot back to how it was they have now hatched and fell to the the bottom of the pot as its on a slant but my problem is the size of my tank its only 17litre around 5gallons.. I always thought that was way to small for a cichlid o even breed in or are convicts like rabbits (not to fussy on where and how they breed)? Will they be okay? How can I keep them alive as they my first batch of fry ever after keeping fish for years.. I've also covered my filter with a thing sock so they don't fall victI'm to that
Amy advice would help thanks
You are definitely gonna need a bigger tank pretty soon.
 
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Skittzcc
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Mickiemas said:
You are definitely gonna need a bigger tank pretty soon.
I've got a 60l tank in my shed I will set up soon will it be better to my breeding pair of convict in the 60l then keep Fry in 5 gallon and when shall I separate them
 
Mickiemas
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Skittzcc said:
I've got a 60l tank in my shed I will set up soon will it be better to my breeding pair of convict in the 60l then keep Fry in 5 gallon and when shall I separate them
Eventually you will need a bigger tank as they will become very aggressive towards each other when they get bigger as for the adults 5 gal was too small in the first place. They won't hurt the fry as long as they don't get ready to breed again but if they start breeding again with those fry in the tank they will kill them.
 
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Skittzcc
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Mickiemas said:
Eventually you will need a bigger tank as they will become very aggressive towards each other when they get bigger as for the adults 5 gal was too small in the first place. They won't hurt the fry as long as they don't get ready to breed again but if they start breeding again with those fry in the tank they will kill them.
When and how will I know there ready to breed again? Thanks
 
Mickiemas
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Skittzcc said:
When and how will I know there ready to breed again? Thanks
That part I'm not sure of. But for now they will be focused on taking care of the fry so just keep a close eye on them. You could move the adults to the bigger tank once the fry is big enough to take crushed flake food.
 

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