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Old 07-02-2014, 11:16 AM   #1
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Convict cichlid tank mates

I am setting up a 180 litre tank and want some convicts. Which others will be able to handle living with them because I know they are agressive, especially when breeding. I was thinking maybe firemouths and jack dempseys. Cheers


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Jacks, Firemouths, Oscars, armored Plecos, pearl cichlids, or jewel cichlids. Also snails tend to do pretty good, chinese algae eaters, and larger species of shrimp/crayfish.

(If you're thinking about breeding the convicts, don't go with jacks, oscars, or pearls.)
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Jack Dempseys grow a bit large for that size tank. I'd suggest a good bit of cover and a raphael catfish to help control the fry.
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A pictus cat might work. A bristlenose pleco would be the best option in my opinion.


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I'd love an electric blue JD. Would it not be tough enough?


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Electric blue jack Dempsey cichlids are known for being delicate.


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I used to keep convicts with meeki . They did not bother each other. Unfortunately the firemouths did bother each other after they started breeding. Could only keep 1 male firemouth in the tank.

I raised the meeki from fry. They were peaceful until abt. 2-3 years when two paired for breeding. Then the wars began and all other male meeki's were torn to death. Convicts were also in the tank. They were not bothered by the meeki.

I was surprised, because I had thought firemouths weren't very aggressive...

I would try to only leave 1 male firemouth and convict in the tank. Which would be bad if that one ever died, because where do find another adult male big enough to hold his own?

Later on, getting another small tank to grow 1 male when you need him, or temporarily store a problem fish until you give it back to the petstore is probably a good idea. Some sort of tiny 20 gallon or so...
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My local fish store advised me that the convicts would be too aggressive for any other American cichlid, especially firemouths?


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I have Firemouths and Mbunas in with my Convicts but I only have two Convicts in there with the rest. They keep to themselves unless they're guarding fry.


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