Riverpark Aquatics

Albino Convict Cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata)

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Our Guide To Keeping Albino Convict Cichlid Fish

  1. About Fish Species:

    • Scientific name: Amatitlania nigrofasciata
    • Common name: Albino Convict Cichlid
    • Family: Cichlidae
    • Origin: Central America (Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama)
    • Adult length: 10 cm (4 inches)
    • Lifespan: 8 to 10 years
  2. Tank Setup:

    • Albino Convict Cichlids can be kept in tanks as small as 20 gallons, but a larger tank of 30 gallons or more is recommended for a breeding pair or community setup.
    • They appreciate a setup with caves, rocks, and driftwood to mimic their natural habitat. Live plants are optional as they may uproot them.
  3. Water Parameters:

    • Albino Convict Cichlids prefer slightly alkaline water with a pH ranging from 6.5 to 8.0.
    • Keep the water temperature between 20 to 28°C (68 to 82°F).
  4. Filtration and Water Flow:

    • A good filtration system is essential as Albino Convict Cichlids are messy eaters and produce a significant amount of waste. A filter rated for the size of your tank is recommended.
  5. Diet:

    • Albino Convict Cichlids are omnivores and will accept a variety of foods. Offer them a balanced diet consisting of high-quality flake or pellet food supplemented with live or frozen foods like bloodworms, brine shrimp, and small insects.
  6. Tank mates:

    • Albino Convict Cichlids can be aggressive, especially during breeding, so choose tank mates carefully. Avoid keeping them with small or passive fish that may become targets of aggression.
    • They are often kept with other robust cichlid species from Central America or similarly sized fish that can hold their own.
  7. Behavior and Compatibility:

    • Albino Convict Cichlids are known for their territorial behavior, especially when breeding. Provide plenty of hiding spots and territories within the tank to reduce aggression.
    • They are good parents and will protect their fry vigorously. Breeding pairs may become more aggressive, so it's essential to have a plan for fry management if breeding is not desired.

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