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    Definately a Convict. Looks (and act!) like a convict, just a little extra black.
    I have a pair of firemouths in another tank. It is a 75 gal with a large Oscar, some angels, a silver dollar, a pleco, and a spotted Rafael which I have had for about 23 YEARS (since my hight school days). The firemouths are a pair, but I have never seen young. I think they have spawned a coupe times, but the catfish must eat them.
    I wonder if your fish is a hybrid between a firemouth and something else. Apparently such hybrids are not uncommon.

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    no i don't think it's a hybrid, with the most recent changes he's lost his stripes and only has a few black markings left on the top of his body. i'll have to get a pic up for ya. you can still see where the stripes were, it's strange. i have him in a 65gal. with an albino oscar, an albino bichar, and a normal pleco. then i have my baby, my pacu who isn't much of a baby anymore. then my pond outside which have different kinds of wacky goldfish who have decided to spawn now at the prime of fall wierdo fish, all my koi decided to jump out. i'd like to see pics of your fish if you have them.

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    The young are still in the original tank. Amazing that bunches of young fish can survive in a tank with other fish. Although they don't stay with the parents, the parents don't seem to bother them too much. I think the parents may have even spawned again but I am not sure.
    The youngsters are showing stripes, but I don't see any with the extra black of the father. Maybe they are too young, or maybe it is a recessive characteristic.

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    The parents have spawned a few more times, but I don't think any made it in the later batches because there are so many more fish in the tank. More males than females among the babies and I must get rid of some now that the young males are maturing. I put two males and one female in my other tank (I will add another female). Maybe the black is recessive and will come out next generation.

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    2.5 years later, the original male is still going strong (you can see him in the right side of the photo). They have lots of descendents swimming around them too. Unlike past experience with convicts, these don't seem to hard on the other fish in the tank, including the angels. BTW, there is a Raphael catfish in this tank I have ahd for about 24 years, and a silver dollar for about 16 years or so.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...e/P2210125.jpg

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    Wrong link, lets try again.
    Lots of Convicts

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    This is remotely off topic, but, how much do you love your silver dollar. 16 years, yikes! I have a 29 gallon with 5 Silver dollars in it. My oldest one to date is 9 years old, but it appears now he has many more happy years to go! They really are one of my favorite species of freshwater fish. Really nice set-up, BTW. I can't wait to move into my own place so that I can get a big thing going.
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    DavyJones. 9 years is great!!
    Unfortunately, a catastrophe has occurred. It is ironic that I recently posted this.
    I did a large water change Saturday evening. The next morning a family member noticed a lot of dead fish in this tank. The old Raphael catfish and Silver dollar, as well as those awesome angelfish and the original convict are gone! The Oscar, a pleco, and 95% of the too numerous convicts survived. The remaining fish were stressed in the morning, but did not look like they were at death's door. I wasn't sure what happened. I removed the dead fish......by evening the survivors were back to normal. The only thing I can think happened was the tap water was "spiked" with a much larger than normal amount of chlorine........since whatever it was killed a lot of fish but then quickly disspated.

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