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I currently have a male, female, and baby cons in a 29gal tank. i was wondering if there was a cleaner fish that woulld stand agenst a cons agression.On a side note I put in serpea tetras like the cookie cutter said and they all died or were missing in action with in a day of the fry free swimming.
 

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I have a bristlenose....the cons chase him when they see him but no way near as agressive as when they were after my Dainos (only one left out of six). He pretty much hides out all day where they can't get him and then comes out at night when they are sleeping....so far so good.
 

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no loaches....
they need to be kept in a group of 3+ and since the tank is already small...not good idea for them...

bristle nose pleco or rubber lipped plecos stay small (5-6") and do great jobs with algae and left over food...

you could also try a type of corydora...but once again they like to shoal...
 

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Is it possible to add another female convict .I heard male cons are poligamous and it is just about tank looks empty now since they killied my serpea tetras.
 

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my guess would be a no on the addition of another convict, but we'll see what other's say... i know that they can get pretty aggressive, mine even chased my JD into hiding until I restocked...

add a clean up crew for movement...

khuli loaches are good and will hide... they look like eels...what type of substrate?
 

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** just make sure it's not the giant khuli loach.....those get too big...

the khulis i'm talking about are about 3" max...some are banded others are black... petsmart here has black ones really cheap! like $2 each.
 

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IME any fish you put in this tank will eventually be killed with few exceptions. Another female may work, but this situation usually leads to one of them being beaten up and possibly dieing . One thing that could work is a smaller growing pleco like a bristlenose or a rubberlip provided with a cavre that the cons cant follow into. Thing is you'll rarely see the pleco, and they will eat the fry once the lights go out. Breeding cons are notoriously violent to anything in their vacinity. Giant Danios may work as the are pretty fast and can generally get out of harms way but you'll still loose a few here and there. Cories are best kept in groups and would likely be murdered by the cons during spawning and while guarding fry. Since the pretty much all the time with cons you'll probably want to avoid tank mates till you can get another larger tank, or another tank for other fish.
 

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For the second female i was planning on useing one of the babies from this batch. I am gonig to place them in a grow out tank until i can tell sex.
 

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joels... would the convicts even kill the khulis? they hide in the rocks...and under the substrate...
 

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or perhaps another kind of agressive african or central american cichlid that would "hold its own"? i put in some more plants if that helps at all.
 

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Khulis might work as long as they stay out of sight though they won't be completely safe . I've got cons breeding in my 55g (just spawned again today) and when they have free swimming fry, everything in there is forced to the other side of the tank. And thats with 2" cons.
 

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or perhaps another kind of agressive african or central american cichlid that would "hold its own"? i put in some more plants if that helps at all.
Plants can help to break up the line of sight and give some cover so the tankmates can diappear, but whatever you put in there will get plenty of greif from the cons . Never underestimate the paternal instincts of convict parents , mine drive off fish many times their size.
 
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