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Pink Convict Cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
Care Level Difficult
Temperament Aggressive
Water Conditions 68-73° F, KH 9-20, pH 6.5-8.0
Max. Size 6"
Color Form Pink, White
Diet Omnivore
Origin Central America
Family Cichlidae
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Overview

The Pink Convict Cichlid is a pseudo-albino of the Archocentrus nigrofasciatus Convict Cichlid. Sometimes called Zebra Cichlid or Convict Cichlid, this fish is monotone in color, with the female having an orange patch on her stomach. The male is larger, monotone, has a steeper forehead and longer fins. As it ages, the male will acquire a fatty lump on the forehead. A striking addition to any aquarium, they are not recommended for the community tank due to their aggressive tendencies.

The Pink Convict Cichlid requires a minimum tank of 30 gallons with a gravel bottom, rocks and plenty of hiding places among the rocks or some inverted pots. Floating plants are recommended as a form of cover. Because of their aggressive nature, Pink Convict Cichlids should only be housed with other more aggressive fish of the same size or larger.

The Pink Convict Cichlid is a cave-breeder and will accept a range of water conditions. To promote breeding increase the water temperature to between 75-79°F. Some females will spawn between a cave and an open area. The Pink Convict Cichlid readily pairs and forms a patriarch/matriarch family and both the male and female will care for the young. The fry will respond to signals from both the male and the female.

The Pink Convict Cichlid is omnivorous and will eat most prepared and frozen foods, including freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and ocean plankton, as well as flake food and Cichlid pellets.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1-1/2" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

John C Lexington , KY
If someone would like to try getting into breading, try this fish first. Keep them away from less agressive fish because they will KILL them, but they are great to watch and easy to raise. I have over 500 and dont know what to do with them.
Anthony G Fullerton , CA
I had only 5 baby Black Convicts and before I knew it I was up to probably 50 or more! They’re a happy group of fish. Somewhere along the way they kicked out a family of pink Convict's. They're a fiesty group but have no problem in mating up with their black tank mates. They lay eggs and keep busy darting at other youngsters getting too close to their babies. I love them all and they're always happy to see me.
Carrie B Stanwood , MI
I have a female Pink Convict and a male Tattoo Convict. I have just discovered the eggs I have been expecting them to lay since I put the male in the tank. I think the eggs are about 4 days old because they have hatched but still have their yolk sacs attached to the fry. I am excited to see what the babies will look like. Of course mom and dad do not want me looking in to the cave to see the little ones. They are EXTRA protective parents!
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