Convict cichlid - Archocentrus nigrofasciatus
Scientific name: Archocentrus nigrofasciatus
Common name: Convict cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 13 - 15 cm (5.12 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 27 °C (68 - 80.6°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Central America
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Quite easy. Use small feeder fish (Guppies for example), granules, beef heart, tubifex, small worms, insects. Don’t forget to use vitamins-rich food.
Males are larger than females.
Like other Central America cichlids, Convict cichlids lay eggs on a previously cleaned rock. Parents will guard the fry.
Up to 10 years.
Thanks to Kevin who has allowed us to use his pictures. Some pictures were sent by Krysta Kehoe. Other pictures were bought from jjphoto.dk. Also thanks to Jonathon Whipple.