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The Convict Cichlid, scientifically known as Amatitlania nigrofasciata, is a highly sought-after species in the fishkeeping hobby due to its easy care requirements, vibrant coloring, and straightforward breeding process, making it ideal for beginners.

Perfect for novice aquarists, these relatively small fish, with males growing up to approximately 15cm and females around 10cm, originate from streams and rivers spanning Central America, particularly in regions like Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Known for their adaptability, Convict Cichlids thrive in diverse water conditions.

Given their natural habitat in moving rivers, these cichlids enjoy aquariums with a slight current, featuring ample rocks, plants, and hiding spots. While plants are optional, robust varieties can enhance the tank environment.

Sporting a distinctive white/pink coloration with black and grey stripes, hence the name 'Convict,' these fish are generally peaceful but can display heightened aggression during breeding. While it's recommended to keep them in a dedicated tank to avoid conflicts, if included in a community tank, it should be significantly larger than the minimum size of 200 liters, ensuring ample space and preventing overcrowding.

Convict Cichlids are undemanding eaters, accepting a wide range of foods. A primary diet of high-quality fish flakes or pellets, specifically designed for cichlids, is recommended, with supplementation from live and frozen foods like bloodworms, Tubifex worms, brine shrimp, and Daphnia. While fresh foods are ideal, frozen alternatives work well.

In their breeding process, sexing Convict Cichlids is straightforward, with males typically larger and females developing yellowy-red coloring upon sexual maturity. Breeding is effortless, and any male and female pair can spawn without elaborate courtship rituals. Replicating their natural breeding environment with rocky overhangs, caves, or stacked flat stones is essential.

Expect prolific breeding with a batch of 20-30 Convict Cichlid fry within a few weeks. The species exhibits strong parental care, with the female guarding the eggs and the male aggressively defending the territory. Once hatched, Convicts assist their fry in finding food and creating safe burrows.


Species: Amatitlania nigrofasciata
Common Name: White or Pink Convict Cichlid
Origin: Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama)
Diet: Omnivores
PH Range: 6.5 – 7.5
Temperature: Tropical 22°C – 28°C
Breed Type: Egg Layer
Current Size: Approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 15cm)
Sex: Un-sexed

White Convict Cichlid

AU$30.00 Regular Price
AU$27.00Sale Price

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