Scientific Name:¬†Amatitlania nigrofasciata
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Approximate purchase size : 5 - 6cm
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How easy are they to care for?
We would class this as an easy level of care but it is not suitable for a general aquarium set up.
How large can they grow?
Anywhere between 8 ‚Äì 15cm.
Where in the world are they from?
The Convict cichlid is distributed throughout Central America including Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
What is the ideal number to keep together?
This species is best kept on their own or in a breeding pair. If your aquarium size permits, you will be able to keep more.
What water conditions do they require?
While they are tolerant of a wide range or water temperatures, the ideal range is 24 - 28¬∞C and will accept pH ranges from 6.0 - 8.0.
What should you feed them?
Convict cichlids will happily accept a wide range of live, frozen and pellet foods. Keep their diet varied for the best development.
How compatible are they with other fish?
Not suitable for a community aquarium ‚Äì they are very territorial and aggressive. Best for a species specific tank or with very robust Central American cichlids.
Can they be bred in captivity?
Will readily breed in captivity - pairing is often as easy as dropping a male and a female into a tank together.