Convict Cichlid

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Convict cichlid - Archocentrus nigrofasciatus

Scientific name: Archocentrus nigrofasciatus

Common name: Convict cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

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 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.

available in striped and white