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Convict Feeders

Hello Everyone!

    I was planning on breeding convicts as feeders for large South American
cichlids. Since I am very new to this, I was wondering if I had the
"optimum" set-up for fry. What I have so far is as follows:

    2 pairs of convicts (all about 1" in length - I wanted them to grow up a
All in a 25 gal high tank. Temp approx. 80 deg F  ph 6.8 - 7.0   The
substrate is coarse river rock (I don't know if this makes a difference) I
have a 4" diameter clay pot, turned over, and an opening cut to form a cave
for them. There is also a slate rock formed cave on the other side of the
    Other than the 4 convicts there are 2 Chinese algae eaters and 2 Dwarf
Otocinclus. I plan to remove the 2 Chinese algae eaters. I fear they attack
the parents (mine are pretty aggressive) and eat the fry.
    As far as filtration goes, I have a biowheel filter and an undergravel
filter. There are some plants in the tank, not a dense arrangement.

That's it. Now what I was wondering, after I spot a bonding pair should I
remove the other pair? How large will they be before they start breeding?
Also should I have a sponge filter instead of the Biowheel? (Sucking up fry)
Any information would greatly be appreciated. Thanks everyone!