Black Convict Cichlid
Amatitlania nigrofasciatus

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

55 gallon


Black, Gray, White



Water Conditions

Neutral (6.5 to 7.5 pH), Intermediate Hardness (6 to 18 dGH), 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit


General: This Cichlid species naturally thrives in heavily covered, shoreline areas of Central American tributaries. It is suggested to mimic natural habitat of the Convict Cichlid by adding floating plants, and driftwood to the aquarium. The Convict Cichlid will frequently rearrange substrate in order to create ideal habitat. The Convict Cichlid is territorially aggressive, and will attack fish larger than itself. Regardless of this behavior, the Convict Cichlid is a frequent breeder.

Fecundity: The Convict Cichlid female will produce up to 300 eggs per clutch, and become extremely defensive once the fry have hatched.

Aquarium Diet: Omnivorous Cichlid Pellet, Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Ghost Shrimp, Spirulina, and Omnivore Flake.

Compatibility: Other Convict Cichlids, Jack Dempsey Cichlids, Severum, Blood Parrot Cichlids, Green Terror, and Oscar Cichlids.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.5 to 7.5 pH), 74 to 82 degrees Ferenheit

Dimorphism: The female Convict Cichlid will develop an orange, red, or yellow patch on the operculum (gill cover). The male Convict Cichlid will maintain a standard black, and white vertically striped coloration.

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