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They get sexually active at around 5 inches, is this correct? I will shoot a video of them and post it on here at some point. They all look very similar right now though. Can you sex them 100% at 2.5 inches in size? Or is it going to be a good estimated guess only? I am sure I seen or heard someone say JD's are not supposed to be good with Plec's.....Perhaps it was Loaches?? I dunno :s lol

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At 2.5" it's a very rough guess since their cheek patterns will change. It's easier when they are much bigger.

JD's are fine with plecs when not in breeding mode.
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Ok, and what about dither fish? Is it essential to have them for bonding etc? I can't really imagine anything "small" that could withstand a beating from JD's.
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Wait until you get a pair. The best way to get bonding is to get target fish, like a convict.
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So in effect I 'borrow' a convict from a shop for a short while? Or do I keep the convict for the long term?
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Keep the convict long term for breeding purposes. You can put a divider to ensure survivability of the convict.
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Is there a possibility the pair will start on each other? I hope that once they pair, they pair for life but that is probably wishful thinking....

WIll the convict stand up to abuse from JD's without a divider? getting a divider will make less space for the JD's. Is it essential to get a target fish in any case or will the JD's likely pair and be happy without the need to defend their fry? Will they beat on the convict even when they are not breeding?

I am not sure I will enjoy watching an aquarium if a certain fish is getting absolutely beaten on by others
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Yes the pair can kill each other or wound each other badly. A larger tank (more than 4 feet) and "alternative" JD partners help to alleviate them from killing each other.

A full grown male convict can get killed by a full grown adult JD or vice versa. Yes, they will beat each other up when not breeding.

That's the problem with having more than 1 cichlid. You have to endure watching them beat each other up. If you can't stand to watch that, stick to only 1 cichlid (an no other fish) in the tank.
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How about keeping things that are native to the JD in the tank as dither fish? Something like the Mexican Tetra? Or perhaps similar fish like Congo Tetra or Buenos Aires Tetra? Would any of these work ok? If so, maybe I could get 3 or 4 and stick them in the tank as a kind of distration
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Mollies are native fish to JDs. They are actually eaten by JDs.

Male boesemani rainbows are actually too big to be eaten by a full drown JD.
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