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I was feeding my cichlids and noticed that my male convict has a bump on his head. Is this normal? ...

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    I was feeding my cichlids and noticed that my male convict has a bump on his head. Is this normal? He is about 3.5 inches! if it is normal what does it mean?
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    Males generally develop a "hump" as they age....i guess he could start at 3.5". Any pictures of the bump?
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    I will try if i can get some pics by tomorrow. I need to get some sleep


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    It's exactly what C-man said. I have one at 2.5" already growing one that will probably be more impressive than my full grown Con's hump.
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    I didn't know you had convicts dback, let alone FW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbacksrat
    It's exactly what C-man said. I have one at 2.5" already growing one that will probably be more impressive than my full grown Con's hump.
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    lol

    Lots of male cichlids will get this hum, even angels and discus will show small examples of this "male" hump. Not always but it does happen.

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    Pure's 100% on that!
    Lumpy cons are the best! I've seen some pics of big male cons with some narley nuchal humps which is why some folks lovingly refer to them as the "mini-midas".

    http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/convict.jpg
    http://www.geocities.com/blue_ram_2000/zebra4.gif
    ^those are some small humps but humps nonetheless. I've seen some OUT OF CONTROL ones! I do believe you can find a pic of one or two at cichlidmadness.com in a "cichlids with humps" thread.

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    I actually did not know that convicts could get bumps. This is good news right? Well. I have a very useless camera so cant get a clear picture of the guy. Anyways thanks for the help.


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    Good? I dunno. Depends on whether or not you find nuchal humps appealing. Some folks can't stand them and hate fish with a huge lump on their head, others are all about "the bigger the better".
    I like them!

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    I my self am not in to bumps. The fish start looking wierd.


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