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Convict Cichlid

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Breed species myself,
Fish / pet store

Appearance

2/5

Health

5/5

Easy to Feed

5/5

Easy Environment Needs

4/5

Compatibility with other species

1/5

Compatibility with own species

3/5

Activity Level

3/5

Visibility

4/5

Breeding

5/5

Interaction with owner

3/5

Black Convict Cichlids

By

United States

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.

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