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how long before convict eggs hatch ??

Postby alanvickiuk » Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:57 pm

they were laid sometime before 7am Thursday morning and there still eggs :(
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Postby duds » Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:20 pm

Probably today or tomorrow, unless they weren't fertilized. If they've turned a solid white color they won't hatch. I can't remember exactly, but I believe my cons eggs hatched in about 4 days.
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Postby alanvickiuk » Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:07 pm

cool ill keep an eye out for them hatching

there kinda see through yellow if that makes sense there a breeding pair so i guess they should be fertilized :)
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Postby duds » Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:52 pm

And see-through yellow should be mean fertilized, or at least mean not yet dead. Keep us posted, with pics if you get a chance. I love your tank, and as crazy as I initially thought it was to keep 2 cons in a 7 foot tank, it's grown on me.
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Postby alanvickiuk » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:08 pm

:) i knew it would lol

these are the best pics i could get

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the proud parents lol

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Postby alanvickiuk » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:25 pm

heres some pics of the tank now with the amazon theme :)

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big fat poser lol

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trying to get pics of the columbian tetra is a night mare lol

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1 of the 2 nerite snails

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Postby duds » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:36 pm

Wow, looks great. I hope you keep this setup. And that con is a stud.
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Postby alanvickiuk » Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:42 pm

cheers buddy yea its staying like this now

only change will be more amazon frogbit and a trio of green swordtails 1m/2f

to go with the 12 columbian tetra

pair of cons

8 emerald cory

2 nerite snails

im gonna add another amazon sword too i think to thicken that 1 up a little :)
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Postby TheFishGuy » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:37 pm

eggs for 3-4 days, wrigglers for 3-4 days, then free swimming
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Postby alanvickiuk » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:11 am

well bit of a funny one

all the eggs are gone apart from the few that were white unfertilized

but............. i have no sign of wrigglers at all or anything for that matter

only other fish are the 12 columbian tetra and the 8 emerald cory and 2 nerite snails ???

any ideas ? :thumb:
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Postby leepalmer » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:31 am

Shouldnt take long now :)
my convicts have been breeding about twice a month for the last 4 months now.
It is up to you but i have found that if you remove the stone or surface the eggs are laid on and put it into a smaller tank on its own whilst they are still an egg you will be much more likely that they will survive, the parents are likely to go slightly crazy but it will kick start them into breeding again and within around two weeks you are most likely to have a secound lot of eggs.

i normally remove one batch then leave the secound.

also coconuts are brilliant in any aquarium with egg laying fish as it provides and easy and effective place for them to lay the eggs. also make its easier to remove than a rock

thanks lee
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Postby TheFishGuy » Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:33 am

alanvickiuk wrote:well bit of a funny one

all the eggs are gone apart from the few that were white unfertilized

but............. i have no sign of wrigglers at all or anything for that matter

only other fish are the 12 columbian tetra and the 8 emerald cory and 2 nerite snails ???

any ideas ? :thumb:


Yes, you have wrigglers somewhere. If all that's left are a handfull fungused eggs then the eggs have hatched and the parents have moved the wrigglers to a secure location.

Unless you're breeding these for food there's no need to remove the eggs.
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Postby alanvickiuk » Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:06 pm

sweet i thought they had all gone and been eaten lol

i put my hand in earlier to pick out some dead leaves and mr convict tried to eat me its a good job he dont have big teeth lol or i would of lost a hand

i cant see them but the adult cons are still in the corner were the eggs were but they have moved more sand and left a bare glass base ??? could the wrigglers be there as i cant see anything but its kind of awkward anyways with the angle of the glass

other than that earlier i seen the female con inside a hollowed out piece of bogwood thats in there :)
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Postby duds » Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:02 pm

I would imagine they're in the bogwood where the female is hiding. With my first batch of con fry the wrigglers would hop around inside a pit during the day and then at night the mother would place them all in a nook in a rock, so it could be that yours are splitting their time between the pit that the parents have dug and the bogwood.
Out of curiosity, are you planning on keeping the young?
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Postby alanvickiuk » Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:16 pm

cool how awesome is that

i cant wait to see them lol

i was thinking of maybe keeping 1 female or maybe another pair but not sure if it would work or not


the others will be given to the lfs in exchange for frozen food :)
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