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i have a breeding pair of convicts in my 20 gallon long tank.. but i also have a 10 gallon with lake malawi cichlids [red zebras] that im thinking on putting them in the 20 gallon. my question is if i put the red zebras in the 20 gallon can i put both of the convicts in the 10 gallon? im planning on selling the red zebras soon, so they need more room to grow in. [40 to be an estamate.]
 

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A pair of cons in a 10 should be ok keep the water clean. A big male can make a mess.
 
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ok thanks. im going to put them back in the 20 as soon as the red zebras are gone or will be able to live with my other malawi cichlids. [most likely gonna sell them]
 

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I am not so sure that this will work for sure. Because this is a pair there will be times when they have a little aggression between the two of them. IMO, when the aggression does occur, a 10 gallon tank may not be large enough to allow them to co-exist. If this does happen there could be a lot of damage or even fatalities. I am not saying that this will for sure not work; it just will come with some risk.
 

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I have seen it done with a 4 in Male and a 3 in Female Convict in a 10 gal tank when aggression came my Teacher removed the Male and placed him in another 10 gal tank. It can work........to some extent.......but would I suggest it....NO!! The 10 gal is definately way TOO small for a full grown breeding pair of Convicts. Even way to small for a juvie pair. A 20 gal L or high would be the absolute minimum for a pair. In a 10 gal they can and more than likely will become stunted and which will lead to an unhealthy life and a short one at that. But is this going to be a temporary plan? Why not just go out and buy a 20 gal L and use it for the fry and take down the 10 gal? Seriously, a 10 gal aquarium is useless when keeping cichlids. The only use of a 10 gal is just to have community fish. It doesn't have proper demensions to keep cichlids in or raise fry.
 

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Thanks!

If you decide to go on with the risk and try it out (which I dont advise you doing but you may do as you wish.) you will need to be VERY cautious with it and keep an eye on them at ALL times!! And keep up on water changes. When the very smallest hint of aggression appears seperate immediately! I wish you luck! :thumb:
 

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CL,

Our advice on this topic sadly might not even be getting through. g465777, the original poster, has yet to comment after he already got the ok. My guess is that once one person gave him the green light he has yet to check this post again. g465777 if you are out there I hope that you got what we are trying to tell you.
 

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Yeah I think you are right! As this statement clearly describes his/her intentions. :roll:

ok thanks. im going to put them back in the 20 as soon as the red zebras are gone or will be able to live with my other malawi cichlids. [most likely gonna sell them]
 

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:lol: Well then I guess we are both just preaching to the choir then. :lol:
 

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Haha yeah unfortunately!! :lol: :lol:

More than likely this wont be the end of this thread as he/she will come back saying either I am having aggression issues or well.......I lost my Female or Male.

And then we can say well we told you so....... :lol: :roll:
 
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