View Full Version : Convict lays eggs by itself?

01-15-2008, 12:15 AM
I was looking at my tank when I got home, and noticed my female convict was really protecting the coconut cave, so I look inside and find loads of eggs, some darker than others..Could she have maited with another fish? Did she just lay eggs as a sign of happiness? I'm not sure whats going on..

01-15-2008, 01:14 AM
If there are no males then they are infertile. She can lay eggs by herself.

01-15-2008, 02:11 AM
Don't know much about convicts but the eggs are fertilizied (no idea how to spell that) after they are layed. So then if there is no male then the eggs would just sit there until fertilyzeid. I think it just means that she is happy in her tank.

01-15-2008, 10:09 AM
yeah female convicts like many other cichlids can lay eggs by themselves when they are ready. i had a female convict for a few weeks and she layed eggs alone. my female BPs also lay aggs by themselves all the time.
if shes not mated with any male, after a few days (2-4) eggs will turn white and decayed and she will eat them.