Convict Cichlid Profile

Convict Cichlids

Common name: Convict cichlid

Scientific name: Amatitlania nigrofasciata

Type of fish: Cichlid

Origin: Central America

Level of difficulty: Easy

Max size: 6 inches for males, 4 inches for females

Growth Rate: Medium-Fast

Minimum tank size: 29 gallons

Diet: omnivore

pH: 7-8

Hardiness: Very Hardy

Aggressiveness: Some are highly aggressive, while others are more laid-back

Tankmates: medium-sized American cichlids, African cichlids, swordtails, larger tetras, medium-sized catfish, tiger barbs, plecos

Sexing: Males sometimes have a nuchal hump and also have pointier dorsal and anal fins with longer tracers on them. Females have an orange blotch on their sides.

Notes: Convicts are arguably the easiest cichlids to breed. There are many color varieties out there such as pink convicts, platinum/albino convicts, and more.