Convict Cichlid Care Guide


Convict Cichlid
(Amatitlania Nigrofasciata)

Common Names
: Convict Cichlid, Zebra Cichlid
Size: 4 inches max/10 cm max
pH: 6-8
Temp: 68-82 Fahrenheit/ 20-28 Degrees Celsius
Tank Region: Mid-levels, Lower
Origin: Central America
Gender: Gender is almost all you need to breed these guys: Males are larger. Females are more colorful, with bright orange in the belly. The males sometimes develop a lump on the forehead and longer fins.
Notes: Relatively small size, beautiful coloration, super easy to breed, quite hardy; what not to like about these guys? Well they do have a downside. Convicts are super aggressive. While you might get away with one female in a community of larger fish, you most likely will need a pair only or species tank for them. They breed easily, but defend their brood fiercely, and will kill nearly any fish that is not tougher than them. Convicts have picked fights with Oscars twice their size, and won. Be cautious about where you put them.







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