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Old 05-08-2005, 05:18 PM   #1
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should i seperate my convicts from my jack dempseys?

i have 3 convict and two dempseys in a 55 gallon should i seperate my dempseys form cons???????????
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Old 05-09-2005, 01:20 AM   #2
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do you have a breeding pair with those convicts. I had with my last tank a mating pair and they were constantly having frys. I would just watch and if dempseys are constantly battering the convicts remove them from each other.
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I've got a dempsey, a convict along with a jewel. They all get along fine. My concern for your tank would be the number of fish for your 55 gal. It seems that especially with 2 dempseys, they will eventually outgrow the tank and have to be split up anyways.
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A convict can hold it own, but if ether the jacks or convicts are breeding there might be a problem.
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In my younger days, I had a breeding pair of Dempsies with a breeding pair of Convicts. Both pairs would pump out babies all the time... I could never get the dempsy babies to survive, I never knew what would become of them, they would last a couple days, then just dissapear... But the convicts would almost all survive. At one time I had about 300 convict babies from about 6 or 7 different batches.

Anyway, the dempsies and convicts shared a 55 gallon. The Dempseys stayed on the left and the convicts on the right... They almost seemed to ingore each other. But I think this was more the exception than the norm.

I think you should be fine, esp if they aren't breeding. If the Jack's breed, you may have a problem... But keep a close eye on them.
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cons and dempsies are fine together if you are worried about the dempsie beating up the cons dont be if anything the cons with chase the dempsies.
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You do realize that the Jacks alone will almost outgrow your tank. Regardless of how small they are now, they will get 8-10 inches in adulthood. You may not have problems with them now, but I imagine you will later down the road.

I would split them up. Normally when breeding, they can get excessivley agressive...not always, but usually.

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thanks everyone and yes i did seperate them because my cons were beating up my jacks and i then put a albino oscar in with them!!!!!!!!

thanks again!!!!
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1 betta bowl-peacefull with 1 male betta
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