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Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby 1Cichlid17LoVeR7 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:56 am

I have 3 convict cichlids currently in a 20 gallon tank. Recently one of the males has gotten quite agressive causing a fish to be on his side most of the time. The two males are about 4.5 inches and the female 2 inches. The submissive male seems completely fine besides being bullied. Would you suggest moving him to another tank? And would he be able to comfortably live in a 10 gallon by himself its the only thing i have access to. The fish are all about 10 years old and the female layed eggs making the male more aggresive. If i do move him is there a suggested way to do so without streesing him out more?
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby hauntingurcoma » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:10 am

i would move him asap! the breeding will likely kill him soon.
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby 1Cichlid17LoVeR7 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:11 am

A ten gallon would do for now? And does it sound like its just an aggresion problem?
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby hauntingurcoma » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:17 am

10 will do for now.Convicts are extremely aggressive when breeding especially in a smaller tank.A pair of cons would likely take a whole 55 gal tank to themselves.
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby 1Cichlid17LoVeR7 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:20 am

Ok so any suggestions on how to do it with the least stress possable?
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby hauntingurcoma » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:26 am

just get the 10 setup asap maybe with some water out of the 20 and some prime or a product like that and get him moved.
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby Mr.Dempsey » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:49 pm

Just put it in the 10 gallon and list it for free on craigslist, your not going to be able to put it back in that tank and if you do its just going to happen again.
Too many fish, to little space.
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby 1Cichlid17LoVeR7 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:04 pm

I will most certainly not give him away. Unlike you who seems to have no emotional attachment to your pets i have a soul and have grown attached to these fish over 10 years. I cant believe you would even suggest just giving away a pet of 10 years especially when i said i can move him to his own seperate tank. He can stay in the 10 gallon and seems much happier and better allready. Thank you very much hauntingurcoma you were very helpfull. Its only been a few hours and he seems much happier and is swimming upright and isnt really on his side anymore.
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby Mr.Dempsey » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:35 pm

Are you telling me that your 10 year old convict it only 4" long??? I have a pair and there only like 1.5 years old and the males 5.5" long and the female is almost 4"....... am i missing somthing?
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby 1Cichlid17LoVeR7 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:53 pm

They dont stay still long enough to get a good measurement. Last i checked i that was their length now one is 5.5, around 5 and the female at 2 or 3. They're all 10ish
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby Elijah » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:53 pm

Post pics Cichlidlover. I love to see convicts!
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Re: Need help quick! Agresion!

Postby 1Cichlid17LoVeR7 » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:56 pm

Ill see what i can do. Did i mention their pink convicts? =)
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