This is a really good cichlid for the beginner to gain experience keeping inexpensive cichlid fish and being able to participate in breeding Convict fish
without too much difficulty. As you become more comfortable keeping them you can always move on to other species.
So where do convicts come from anyway? Well this cichlid species is from Central America and they are known to occur from from Guatemala to Costa Rica. These little guys could reach up to 4 inches but it takes a while and the males are usually the ones which get this big. Their not called convicts for nothing, Black or Pink Convict cichlids
are very hardy fish. There is another variety of convict available which are not rare but are to find consistently and they are called Marble Convict Cichlids
. This means you can get away with water from the tap without having to add anything to adjust the pH in your aquarium.
The most popular variety of these cichlids are the Black Convict cichlids
which is based on their black vertical bars, hence they "look" like convicts behind bars. Their scientific name is Archocentrus nigrofasciatus
and was formerly called Cichlasoma nigrofasciatus
. Who knows perhaps someone will reclassify them again and change the name of the genus.
Convict fish breeding is simple, just add water and a clay flower pot! All kidding aside a small tank is fine and something like a 15 or 20 gallon tank would be fine to keep a mated pair in. These fish dig so be prepared to have the plants uprooted. Gravel and so slate or clay flower pots provide shelter and a place for breeding to occur.
These fish are eggs layers or said differently substratum spawners. This just means the female lays eggs on a hard surface like slate or clay flower pot and the male follows behind and fertilizes them.
Types of Convict fish include these color strains:
Black convict cichlid
Pink convict cichlid
Marble convict cichlid
White convict cichlid pictures
Convict cichlids for sale
Convict cichlids with fry video
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