Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: Zebra Cichlid
Scientific name: Archocentrus nigrofasciatus
The Convict Cichlid is native to streams and lakes throughout Central America, where it feeds on small fish, crustaceans and plants and algae. The Convict Cichlid is a popular because is it very hardy and easy to keep and they are also easy to breed.
Finding tank-mates for Convicts can be challenging, they are usually kept in species tanks. Feeding Convicts is easy because they will eat most foods offered including flakes, pellets, and frozen meaty foods.
The most prominent details visible on the Convict Cichlid are the 8-9 vertical black bars on its blue-grey body. The bars give the fish their name because they look like old prison uniforms. Females have an orange patch near their gill cover that males lack and males have longer and more pointed dorsal fins. There is also an albino form with a white body and light cream colored bars.
Convict Cichlids are aggressive and will attack other fish especially when they are breeding. They should only be housed with other aggressive fish of the same size like Jewel Cichlids, and Slavinis.
Convicts need a minimum of a 20 gallon tank for a breeding pair and a 55 gallon if housing with other fish. A tank with tough plants and rocks for hiding places is ideal to reduce aggression. They do best and are more likely to breed if water quality is kept clean with a good filter and regular water changes.
75 - 80 °F
7 - 8
striped pattern, energetic fish, hardiest fish, amazing parents, fish love algae
community tank, aggressive cichlid, predatory, bad attitude, buyer beware, convict related horror
breeding habits, new world cichlids, exceptional parents
Convicts who ended up in jail.
Well not really, but they did get their own separate tank. My first attempt at a tropical tank when I was nine. Filled it with all the pretty cichlids money could buy and that included my favourite two little convicts. All stated off pretty well but soon the convicts paired off and became aggressive to their tank mates. After a violent confrontation with a kissing gourami we were left with only one solution a separate tank for the two love birds. They pair spawned at least five times and we quickly became the convict suppliers at our local pet shop. The convict is very hardy and will eat almost anything. They are however very territorial and will even attack the hands that feed them during spawning season. They are not community fish and will attack fish three times their size. I think they are gorgeous, even with their napoleon complex and would recommend them to any budding hobbyist looking to try their hand at breeding fish. .
From Eden Sep 9 2016 5:52AM