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Old 10-08-2006, 11:01 PM   #1
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How big are convicts supposed to get or average adult size? and what size tank is recommended?

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it depends if your going to breed them or not. maybe 5". if you breed them they get extremely agressive, and you need a bigger tank. id say 20ish and 30+ if your going to breed.
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i think 30 would be the minimum. They grow about the size of angels, so yeah 5-6". IO would recommend 30gal for just a breding pair without any other fish. If you want two breeding pairs i would go with a 55gal. They breed like rabbits (so i've heard)
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I'd go with a 30 gallon as well.
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Thank you everyone!

I seen them in the LFS and thought they were interesting.... Since they are of the Cichlid family I thought they would get a lot bigger!!! I think "IF" I ever bought one I wouldn't breed it....
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Convicts were the first fish I ever had. They spawned constantly. I had them alone in a 33. Every month I had to give fry away. Locally there are people who let them spawn and use the fry as feeders. You can't even give them away. Why LFS even stock them I'll never know.
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Yeah I figured they would be hard to get rid of.... but I assume that with any babies.
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Old 10-14-2006, 03:22 PM   #9
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We keep convicts in a 75 with our red-eared sliders. I like to say that we have 10 convicts and counting..because a new little guy will pop out of the caves or the weeds. These are my fav fish that I keep actually, lol.
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I ahve seen some large, 5 inch plus specimens in stores, my male got to about four inches and still growing before I gave them away. I happened to come across some really nice convicts at a Pet Supermarket for $1.69 each... I swear they were some of the best looking cons I have seen, almost were as nice as the Honduran "Blue Point" cons I have seen photos of, unbelieveable color in the fins, and the male grew FAST and was sporting a nuchual hump within the first month. They dropped fry once a month in my 55. They are a mean pair when breeding, so be careful with who you have in there. Have fun, they are awesome, easy to care for, undemanding cichlids.
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