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Convict Cichlid (Large, Breeding PAIR) (Leucistic)

Convict Cichlid (Large, Breeding PAIR) (Leucistic)

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The Leucistic Convict Cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) is a species of Central American cichlid, best characterized by their moderate size, solid white colour, and black eyes. 

This listing is for an adult breeding PAIR of Leucistic Convict cichlids. Makes the perfect beginner aggressive breeding project; these two produce offspring constantly.

These extremely hardy cichlids are appropriate for a beginner aquarist. They get to 4-5 inches long on average. We recommend keeping Convict Cichlids in a 30-gallon aquarium as an absolute minimum. These fish are territorial and require adequate space for their health and well-being.

These fish tolerate a wide range of water conditions. They prefer water temperatures from the low 70's to low 80's, and prefer a pH of 6.5-8.0. 

Convict Cichlids are known to constantly rearrange the aquarium substrate, so a deep layer of sand is recommended. These fish should be provided plenty of stones and caves to help build their territories. A pair of Convicts will breed extremely readily.

While plants can be kept with Convict cichlids, we only recommend plants that can grow free-floating in the water column (such as java moss or hornwort), or plants that can be anchored to rocks or driftwood. 

These fish are very easy to feed. They will generally accept most commercial flakes and pellets, and will readily eat freeze-dried, frozen, or live foods. These fish do best on a varied diet, so be sure to include as many of these things as possible.

While these fish are very easy to keep, it is important to note that Convict cichlids are aggressive, especially while spawning. They are not suitable for a community aquarium. You can reduce aggression by keeping these fish in same-sex groups. These fish can be kept with larger species of loach (such as clown loaches or yoyo loaches), plecos, moderately-sized catfish species, and other moderately sized Central American cichlids species (such as Jack Dempsy cichlids). Providing as much space, and as many hiding spaces as possible is key in controlling aggression in a cichlid community.

 

(Photo credit "Aquatics Unlimited")