View Full Version : Convicts!! please help!

06-28-2006, 07:11 PM
I an getting a 31 1/2 gallon tank. Could i get a normal and an albino convict in there? And can i get any other fish to go in with them?



06-28-2006, 08:47 PM
yes you could.

You could keep other fishes there if you choose the species carefully and decorated the tank well.

06-28-2006, 10:36 PM
an albino and a black (normal) convicts can breed together

06-29-2006, 06:34 PM
Thanks everyone for your information. what other fish could go in the tank with them?


06-30-2006, 04:21 PM
some types of barbs, some other cichlids and catfish

07-01-2006, 05:15 AM
be warned abreeding pair of convicts will be quite agressive during breeding times or just normaly so have some hiding places for any fish u plan to keep with them

07-01-2006, 12:13 PM
What kinds of barbs could i keep with them. I was thinking of some tiger barbs. Would this work.


07-01-2006, 01:10 PM
as long as they are of similar size yes, much smaller ones could fall victim to attacks i would keep atleast 4 tiger barbs

07-01-2006, 02:06 PM
OK, i was thinking of buying 5 baby ones and raising them to adult size, and then when they are fully grown then add the 2 convict chiclids. Is this correct. Is that all i could keep or more fish.


07-01-2006, 02:13 PM
your plan to grow them would work fine, u could also keep a pair of Blue acaras, and some sort of pleco

07-01-2006, 04:10 PM
Thanks i think i will grow the tiger barbs up in the tank, and if i decide to get any other fish i will put them in first and then add the convicts last as they will be the most agressive fish i am going to get.

Thanks again Full3r and william.


07-01-2006, 06:19 PM
your welcome

07-01-2006, 06:40 PM
no probs

07-04-2006, 05:22 AM
I am somewhat new to this forum, but I know convicts.

I would be very cautious with convicts. Convicts do 3 things very well.
They feed, breed and kill very well.
I have many of them. And yes it is correct that a pair will spawn very soon.
Most other fish in your tank are not safe while convicts spawn unless there is allot of room or the other fish are very big. Convicts are a beautiful fish but
they can be very mean.
A pair of convicts will breed constantly after they reach about 2.5 - 3 inches.
I have seen them breed about every 2 weeks if the fry is removed soon after hatching.
Well anyway good luck and watch them cautiously.

09-26-2006, 04:13 AM
The pleco would most likely be kiled whne he would try to eat the convict's eggs

10-24-2006, 06:01 AM
Hi there,
A word of warning - I've kept many convicts in the past, when I had one in a tropical tank with others it was fine. I once had a tank of 9 and they were slowly killed off by a breeding pair. This pair was extremely aggressive and constantly bred, it didn't matter whether I had broken the tank up into separate areas they still found a way too get through. Any convicts that pair up will be superb parents and defend their area aggressively, but don't keep them in a tank with anything else, they will kill them or maim them quite badly.