View Full Version : Cleaning with babies

05-15-2006, 06:51 AM
In my convict cichlid tank they have babies that are free swimming almost and the tank has a massive algea build up and needs to be cleaned how should i go about doing it?

05-15-2006, 10:03 AM
very carefully!! is mom and dad still with them.

05-15-2006, 10:44 AM
yeah, should i put them somewhere else

05-15-2006, 12:01 PM
Don't you have any algea eaters (like snails) in the tank? They do half the hard work for you. The only part I ever need to clean out is the left over fish food & fish poo which floats around in clumps at the bottom of the tank, and I do that with a long 8 mm in diameter silicone hose which vacuums it right out from there! It takes a while but the results are good.

05-15-2006, 12:16 PM
but u see the babies are really small and would be eaten

05-15-2006, 03:01 PM
Algea eaters like bristlenosed catfish or even better mystery / apple snails will not eat the fry. They will eat dead fry but not living ones.

05-15-2006, 03:03 PM
so a small 1 inch bristlenose would be good? its just i wanted one for a while but couldnt keep it with any of my other fish do to the size difference

05-15-2006, 03:09 PM
Yes. it wouldn't be a danger to your fry howeer the female convict could be a danger to it if she's still around.

05-15-2006, 07:27 PM
I think the worst that can happen is if the bristlenose gets too close the female will instinctively chase it away and it'll go hide being more careful next time it comes around.

06-07-2006, 05:17 AM
My mother today brought 2 bristlenose catfish and 1 black moor home as i wanted them and the catfish are 1 and 1 and a half inches in length and i put them with the fry should i put something for the catfish to hide in, theres only fry, no gravel no plants no nothing due to fry getting squashed in the gravel and now the catfish are there due these catfish like to hide?

06-07-2006, 07:41 AM
They do appriciate a hiding place.