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<H1>Convicts</H1><DIV id=Qtextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Convicts rule</STRONG><BR><BR>Hi,

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My Convicts have recently made a nest i think near the heater and the female is picking gravel and chuchking it aside and the male is pushing its body around the area to move the gravel.Is this making a nest and sometime they swimm of and looks like they dont care about it.

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Will they breed.

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They are in the tank alone

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any help will be appreciated thxs

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Daniel, Cabramatta,NSW

</DIV><H2>Replies »</H2><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: huyey</STRONG><BR><BR>Daniel, yes mate they are digging their nest. The female will return to her nest when she is ready to lay her eggs. They will not leave it when the eggs hatch. Its quite cool to see the male guard the fry. When the fry swim out of the nest, the male wil pick up the fry in his mouth and bring it back to the nest. They are quite good parents.

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Huy

</DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Convicts rule</STRONG><BR><BR>Thxs Huwey for that really really really Good info and um yew2001 i am sorry for posting a duplicate coz i thought i was in the community tank forum and thought about posting it there coz i didnt noe which forum to post in and might have been wrong one.

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</DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Guschi</STRONG><BR><BR>Rather new to fish-keeping & recently acquired 19 convicts (various ages) and have tried to separate them by size/sex (at least until I can find new homes for some). One pair that hangs together is of a large, seemingly dominant male and what I thought was another younger male- no bright colouring like a female and longer fins, but it does appear to have the ovipositor "displaying". I left them together for now.

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They are digging happily under a "cave" and appear to be nesting. The larger male was rather aggressive and protective. Is it possible that two males would act this way or is this possible that the female just isn't showing the usual colouring? The other smaller females are brightly coloured.

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Any info would be most helpful!

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Shel

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</DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Convicts rule</STRONG><BR><BR>hi,

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The Female has she got ornage around her belly if she does shes a female and if they breed well the smaller is a female.

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My convicts just had eggs and i saw it

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The female will stay around the nest and when they hatch they will keep an eye on them.

</DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Guschi</STRONG><BR><BR>No orange that I can see- that's what I had expected since the smaller females have the bright colouring. I figured if they didn't kill each other and appear to like each other, then it doesn't really matter. Guess when I see babies, I'll know!

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Shel

</DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Convicts rule</STRONG><BR><BR>Good luck mate,

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Hope u have babies

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