How Many Convicts?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by ChichLove79, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. ChichLove79

    ChichLove79 Valued Member Member

    This is my 55 gal aquarium. Nitrogen cycled, water tests are good, aqua clear 110. I know it's messy. Once the fry get about an inch long I'm giving them and the father to my LFS. I didn't intend on breeding fish.

    How many female convicts could I keep, comfortably?

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  2. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Its safe to only do about 2 males, or three females.

    No more than 2 - 3
     
  3. OP
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    ChichLove79

    ChichLove79 Valued Member Member

    That's a bummer. I wanted to keep at least five.
     
  4. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Will there be anything else in the tank besides female convicts?
     
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    ChichLove79

    ChichLove79 Valued Member Member

    I'm glad you asked. I was thinking about getting a bristle nose pleco because they stay small.
     
  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    A BN should be fine, and not a target for the convicts. If you're not keeping anything else in there, you could always try 5 females and rehome any trouble makers? Since there aren't any males for them to spawn with, you might not have issues, especially if you keep enough to disperse aggression. I would think it'd be worse to keep fewer than more. Maybe add some more rock hiding spaces, in the middle of the bottom of the tank and more in the upper regions of the tank, both to break the lines of sight and to give them space to make territories.
     
  7. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    Bristle Nose Plecos are stunning fish.
    I absolutely love them, and recommend them to whoever likes them.
     
  8. M

    Matthiasfanu Valued Member Member

    Is that algae a result of your cycle?
     
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    ChichLove79

    ChichLove79 Valued Member Member

    No, I haven't cleaned the aquarium because there's about ten fry left. Once they're gone Im gonna get it looking nice again. The water tests are perfectly fine though.
     




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