Convict Cichlid Tropical Fish Information

Archocentrus nigrofasciatus
Convict Cichlid
Behaviour Territorial, aggressive, pair-forming, plant-eater
Typical size 10cm
Max size 14cm
Tank Area Middle, bottom
Min Tank Size 90cm
Temp Min: 20℃ Max: 34℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live, vegetable, pellet foods. Provide some plant material
pH Range 6.5-8.5
Hardness s,m,h,vh
Convict Cichlid Archocentrus nigrofasciatus
  • Convict Cichlid Archocentrus nigrofasciatus - thumbnail
  • Convict Cichlid Archocentrus nigrofasciatus - thumbnail

Convict Cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus)

Convict Cichlid Tropical Fish Learn all about the Convict Cichlid's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Convict Cichlid is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Convict Cichlid is always easy to obtain because its ease of breeding ensures a continual supply to the trade both from commercial and private sources. Although they have a strong initial appeal they can be quite troublesome being variably aggressive and territorial, a plant eater, and excellent reproducer. Despite this the Convict Cichlid does make a good aquarium fish and is very tough, adaptable and full of character. The fish enjoys warm water, and is sometimes found living in hot springs, and will benefit from some plant material in its diet. Not recommended for beginners.

Convict Cichlid Facts

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Heros nigrofasciatus, Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum, Astronotus nigrofasciatum | Other names Zebra cichlid | Origin Central America; Tarcoles, Aguan, and Guarumo Rivers | Breeding Egglayers, cavespawners, parents build nests and guard the eggs and young. Eggs are laid on cleaned surfaces, normally rocks and transferred to dugout pits. Breeds very easily with a high survival rate. | Natural Water Conditions pH 7-8, soft to hard | Natural Habitat Flowing waters of small streams to large rivers, warm pools, rocky areas | Sexing Males are larger with longer and more pointed fins

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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Convict Cichlid information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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