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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Convict Cichlid

Picture of Convict cichlid
Common nameConvict cichlid, Zebra cichlid
Scientific nameCryptoheros nigrofasciatus
SynonymsArchocentrus nigrofasciatus, Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum, Heros nigrofasciatus (all non-valid)
SizeUp to 6" (15cm), females smaller
OriginCentral America
Tank setupA fairly large tank with rocks and wood for cover,
and some open space.
CompatibilityAggressive, large robust tankmates only.
Temperature20-25oC (68-77oF)
Water chemistryNot critical - pH 6.5-8.0, medium hard
FeedingOmnivorous: Pellet, granular or flake foods along with frozen/live foods, plus a vegetable component.
SexingMales are noticeably larger and have longer fins, they also develop a fatty lump on the forehead as they mature.
BreedingPairs spawn readily after selecting and cleaning a suitable site. The eggs and fry will be guarded by the parents.
Comments This can be a belligerent fish, and is not suitable for the general community tank. It should only be kept with equally robust species, or in a species tank. Only tough plants should be included in the tank.


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