Acquired: Breed species myself,
Fish / pet store
Posted Oct 28, 2015
I began keeping Black Convicts as a 4H project, which developed into a love for the cichlid species.
Black convicts are fairly unremarkable in terms of appearance/coloring, however, the female convicts have beautiful red scales near their belly and fins. The males are larger (3-4 inches long) with alternating grey/black vertical stripes. The females are slightly smaller.
Black convicts can be aggressive, both to one another and to other fish. They breed easily as egg-layers, however the male fish will likely eat the young if precautions are not taken.
Convicts, like most cichlids, are remarkably hardy. As a teenager, I was not the most adept at caring for tanks, but my cichlids lived many years under non-optimal conditions. They are robust eaters, and do well on most fish foods. However, for full vibrancy in the females, I found a cichlid-formulated food to be best.
Overall, black convicts are great fish for those who are looking for a simple, adaptable, easy-to-breed species.