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  1. Red face Breeding Convicts....I think.


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    I've been keeping aquariums for about a year now and have 3 healthy aquariums. I recently aquired a 15 gal aquarium with 2 pairs of 2 year old black convicts. The man I bought them from said that they have bred many times before but not recently. I got them home and within days one female started expanding her cave underneath a rock. Her male became very aggressive toward the other male. I took this to mean that she was getting ready to lay eggs. I can't see any eggs yet, and it's been a few days. She sorts hides in the cave all day long though, so who knows what's in there. Interestingly, the other female just dug herself a hole, and it's the same male that's spending time with her now. The other male has lost a little of his color, but he's still eating, and the bigger male doesn't bother him unless he comes near a female or one of the caves. Is my first female guarding eggs because I can't see anything? And why is the male claiming both females as his own? Is this normal at all? Any advice would be great. I've been reading all over the internet and this is the first place I found where I can get feedback. Also, while I can't see eggs at all, my first female and now the second look like they have little bulges under their bellies, like possible eggs hanging out, but I can't really tell. Does anyone know what it looks like while they are laying?

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    they could be bloated from overfeeding. how much do you feed?


    Thats WAY to small of a tank for those guys. they need at least a 55g for a pair. They may just be crabby from having no territory.

    welcome to ac!

  3. Default Definite eggs.


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    Don't I know it. The guy I got them from said he's had them since their grandparent's generation, but a bigger tank is at the top of my list, I feel crowded just looking at them. I definetely have eggs now, though. My second female laid some on the side of a rock in the back of the tank. I still can't see down into the cave the first female dug, but she almost ntherever leaves so she must be doing something important. The funny thing is, the big male is definetely watching over both females. He won't let the other male come near either dwelling, and any time one of the girls tries to leave, even to eat, he ushers them back to their respective dwellings. I guess he's being a very diligent parent, but is it normal for one male to breed with both females?
    Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.
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    I only feed as much as they'll eat. 3 times a day, twice either cichlid crisps or sticks, and once a day frozen bloodworms. They haven't been eating much, except the smaller male. I guess the others are too preoccupied :).
    Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.
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    god im hungry - cocoa_pleco You make me laugh! - Drumachine09 And lots of pizza too! lol - Chrona wish i had some of this to drink right now - cocoa_pleco DAAAAAM, this drink looks good - cocoa_pleco 
    There. Thats better. - Drumachine09 maybe one day we can enjoy one of these - sergo Congrats you recived a RAK gift enjoy! - DemonShark RAK - DemonShark RAK - DemonShark 
    Cheers! - Nick_Pavlovski Since Wendy's is only open 4 hours! - aliz340 For Your Help And Friendship - MeganL3985 Hope you a good time in Germany - alizee340 Good to have you back around the forum! - Nick_Pavlovski 
    Thanks....you could use some Luck with your fish too! - **AquaQueen** I'm baking today and figured I'd share...Thanks for helping whne it's needed! - **AquaQueen** Back at you, CP! - Dave66 You send me fruit I send you pizza!! LOL!! - 2manyfish a fish for the new 5.5g salt! lol - cocoa_pleco 
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    bloodworm is more for once a week. it can harm them if its given too often.

    I wouldnt be surprised if you male was after the two females. convicts are all-star pimps. they will breed like crazy

  6. Default thanks


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    Wow, thanks for the info. And I didn't know that about bloodworms. My pygmy puffer doesn't really eat anything else, though. What about the fishies that live with him?
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    god im hungry - cocoa_pleco You make me laugh! - Drumachine09 And lots of pizza too! lol - Chrona wish i had some of this to drink right now - cocoa_pleco DAAAAAM, this drink looks good - cocoa_pleco 
    There. Thats better. - Drumachine09 maybe one day we can enjoy one of these - sergo Congrats you recived a RAK gift enjoy! - DemonShark RAK - DemonShark RAK - DemonShark 
    Cheers! - Nick_Pavlovski Since Wendy's is only open 4 hours! - aliz340 For Your Help And Friendship - MeganL3985 Hope you a good time in Germany - alizee340 Good to have you back around the forum! - Nick_Pavlovski 
    Thanks....you could use some Luck with your fish too! - **AquaQueen** I'm baking today and figured I'd share...Thanks for helping whne it's needed! - **AquaQueen** Back at you, CP! - Dave66 You send me fruit I send you pizza!! LOL!! - 2manyfish a fish for the new 5.5g salt! lol - cocoa_pleco 
    Graves Disease - Lymphedema - Men's Health - Pro Choice - Prostate Cancer - Scleroderma - Thyroid Disease - Trisomy 18 - cocoa_pleco Anti-Tobacco - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - cocoa_pleco Adoptee - Bone Cancer - Child Exploitation and Abuse - Hope and Support - Peace - Retinoblastoma - Right to Life - Student Sexual Assault - cocoa_pleco Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - cocoa_pleco World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - cocoa_pleco 
    Cesarean Sections - Headaches - Hospice Care - Multiple Myeloma - cocoa_pleco Arthritis - Child Abuse - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - Dystonia - Education - Free Speech - Interstitial Cystitis - ME/CFIDS - Reye's Syndrome - Save the Music - Teens Against Smoking - Victim's Rights - Water Quality - cocoa_pleco Childhood Cancer - cocoa_pleco Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - cocoa_pleco 

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    puffers are best species only,. with pea puffers, aka pygmys, you can get away with some other fish. fast bottom feeders like kuhli loaches should be okay

  8. Default puffers


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    Well, puffers can be little bullies, so I've never worried about him with the other fish. You should see him snatch a bloodworm from the albino rainbow shark :). But you said that I shouldn't give the fish bloodworms every day, and he doesn't eat anything else. So how do I not give the fish he lives with bloodworms daily when the puffer needs to eat?
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