Desperate convict

You may have read here a while ago a post called Keen convicts. Well consider this a kind of sequel.

I mentioned that I recently shuffled some fish and part of that shuffling resulted in there being a tank with a female convict (the poor girl who was beaten up by the male last time she tried to raise a family), a male firemouth and a female Kribensis.

As soon as I’d let the firemouth out of his bag the convict was all over him, flirting and chasing the other away & such. He looked terrified, staying at the other end of the tank and trying to keep away from her. I left them to settle and sort it out for a while.
The next day the convict was excavating in one corner, back & forth with her mouth full of sand and looking pretty pleased with herself in general. The firemouth was still hiding in the furthest possible place from her. It was comical. I imagined her singing away to herself, making her little love nest & him with a worried look on his face. I don’t think he realises what she wants from him.
I have read that the two species will cross breed and it looks like that might be what is going on here.

Later that evening, there were eggs stuck to the glass in the previously excavated corner.
It’s a shame the glass is a bit smeary, but this is the best I got with the phone camera. She wasn’t too happy with me being so close to the corner either.

Female convict and eggs_rtc50pc
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The most recent thing I have to report is that the firemouth is now lurking very close to her corner and not looking too bothered about her being nearby any more. The convict is chasing the kribensis away when she’s nowhere near as close as the firemouth.

I’m not sure whether he’ll get the idea and anything will come of it or not, but It’ll be quite interesting if the eggs come to anything.

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Shuffling fish

It seems that a few of the fish have had a recent burst of growth and space for them all is becoming a bit of a problem. Not a huge problem yet, but significant enough for me to do something about it before it gets out of hand.
So far I’ve removed a gold severum and two firemouths from the main tank, leaving two male convicts (one of which is to be removed), a gold severum, oscar, firemouth, kribensis and the crazy ruby shark. I’m looking for a larger tank and am thinking of swapping everything around and having it all set up differently.

The plan is to eventually end up with enough space for a green terror in a main tank. I haven’t decided exactly which, if any, tank mates to include. I’m thinking either a Jack Dempsey or oscar. Maybe a male convict or a school of tiger barbs. I’ll let you know when I know.
I will also be keeping a Malawi tank, for now at least, but knowing my attraction to the giant cichlids I don’t know how long it’ll be before I change my mind again.
Of course I will be keeping the severum and oscar if possible, though I’ve heard that fully grown oscars don’t play well with others, so again I’ll just have to see how that goes. If it doesn’t work out with the oscar & severum then I’ll split them up and put the firemouth back with the severum, or something. Ha, I have no idea what I’m doing really, do I?

Oscar

As promised, here’s a better photo of the Oscar.

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Oscar & Ruby

It’s still not a great photo, but they’ll get better as he grows. Weird huh?

He (actual gender unknown) doesn’t look as though he’s going to have a huge amount of colour, but I’m not sure if that changes as they age? ┬áIf anyone knows, I’d welcome the comments.

Oh and yes, that’s a Ruby shark in there. He holds his own with all the Cichlids he’s lived with so far, including the Severum. I don’t know how long that will be the case as the Oscar & Severum grow. Again, comments/advice welcome.