Feb 08 2010

Convict Cichlids


what tropical fish or animals are easy to breed apart from things like guppies and mollies as they are 2 easy?

ive had guppies before and theres no effort required at all to breed them and this is coming from a 15 yr old! and i would like to breed something else.

ive heard cherry shrimps are easy to breed. what else is quite easy? btw i have a 2ftx18″x12″ tank and 4ftx2ftx1ft tank

Other people have said it, but I’ll reinforce it… Convict Cichlids.

Just add a 4″ terra cotta flower pot tipped on its side, some normal sized gravel & give them 20-30 gallons per pair.

Most fish you have to raise in groups & wait for them to pair off as they grow. Convicts are unique in that they’ll form a mating pair as adults. It only takes about 3 days for them to figure out if they’re going to mate with a fish or kill it.

They are also great parents. Unlike guppies who are kinda like trailer trash the convicts actually raise & protect their young with both parents until the babies are strong enough to fend for themselves. Most fish take at least 5 or 6 tries to not eat their own babies… convicts usually get it right on try 1 or 2.

Your smaller tank would be good for 1 pair. Your big tank would provide primo entertainment with 2 pairs of equally healthy ones. For 2 pairs.. divide the tank down the middle with some rocks & put a flower pot on each side. The pairs will fight as husband & wife against the other pair. They’ll typically flare up in the middle of the tank in a show of domination when they’re not eating or breeding. They all have to be equally big & healthy though. If you have a whimp in the group, they can die.

The trouble is what to do with the babies…. They dont’ make good feeders for most carnivores since they are so good at self-defense and most fish stores don’t want to see any more convicts. That’s why they’re all so cheap (except the piebald colored ones).

Another option would be 1 male & 5 female kenyi cichlids in the 55g tank with some big rocks stacked up forming cave structures. They’re very colorful and active as adults and they will breed with little problem. They breed much less frequently than the convicts. Trouble with them is that they are aggressive as adults, hyperterritorial to any other fish, and they can produce 500 babies in a spawn.

You may also want to try a domestic fish, like the killie fish in the smaller tank. All you need is balls of yarn or java moss. They’re unique in that you can buy their eggs dried & they’ll hatch in the tank. They take up a lot of square footage for such a small fish though. You can’t put too many of them in a tank & they’re small.

VIDEO: Convict Cichlids with Fry

Feb 08 2013

Fish Tank Building Glass

Fish Tank Building Glass
White build up on the Glass of my tank?

There is a white buildup on the glass of my empty fish tank (no water in it) It looks cloudy and when filled with water it makes the tank look cloudy.

I tried scraping it with a razor blade, using CLR or similar products and I still can not seem to get rid of it.

My dad told me to use glass buffer, I went to the hardware store and they claim they never heard of it. How do I get rid of this stuff? I can not figure out if it is on the inside or outside, i thought maybe the glass was double paned or something but it isnt.

Any help would be great.
i will try the vinigar idea

with the small holes in the tank would I be able to feel them or are they too small for that? the tank feels very smooth that is why I can not figure out what side of the tank it is coming from.

The tank was left outside in the rain alot (ex husband wouldnt give it back until court ordered….tank is sentimental)

You man not be able to, depending on what caused it.

If it’s a lime scale, try straight vinegar or lemon juice (mild acids) to dissolve it if it’s a deposit from hard water. Just rinse well before adding any fish.

But if the tank was exposed to high pH levels for a long time (cichlid or marine tank, or your area had naturally high pH water) this can actually disolve the silica over time leaving a lightly pitted surface that doesn’t allow the light to pass through in straight lines (what makes it look cloudy). This you can’t really fix on your own – it may be able to be gound or heat polished (check with a glass company rather than a hardware store) but it’s not a guarantee that the glass won’t be damaged either. When filled with water, the cloudiness decreases (water fills in the pitted areas to a small extent), but it won’t ever look quite like a new tank again.

180 Gallon Fish Tank Build

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