Pink Convict Cichlid

  • Vibrant pink fish, but aggressive.
  • Needs a hard aquarium with tank mates of similar size.
  • Easy care, but best for experienced aquarists.
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## Pink Convict Cichlid: A Flash of Pink for Your Aquarium

The Pink Convict Cichlid, a captivating freshwater fish, adds a vibrant touch to any aquarium with its unique coloration. But behind the beauty lies a personality that requires careful consideration. Let’s delve into the world of this captivating cichlid.

**Scientific Name:** Amatitlania nigrofasciata (formerly Archocentrus nigrofasciatus)

**Water Quality:** Pink Convict Cichlids thrive in clean, well-maintained aquariums. Regular water changes are crucial.

* **pH Level:** 6.0-8.0 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline)
* **GH Level:** 8-12 dGH (moderately hard water)
* **KH Level:** 8-12 dKH (moderately high carbonate hardness)

**Feeding:** These omnivores enjoy a varied diet. Offer high-quality flakes or pellets as a staple, supplemented with:

* Brine shrimp
* Bloodworms
* Mysis shrimp
* Spirulina flakes

**Tank Mates:** Due to their aggressive tendencies, Pink Convict Cichlids are not ideal for community tanks. Consider housing them with:

* Other Central American cichlids of similar size (Jack Dempseys, Firemouth Cichlids)
* Large, robust fish (Severums, Oscars)

**Substrates and Tank Decorations:** Provide a sandy or fine gravel substrate for digging. Decorate with:

* Driftwood and rocks for hiding places
* Cave structures to establish territories

**Suitable Plants:** Opt for hardy plants that can withstand potential digging, such as:

* Java Ferns
* Anubias
* Hornwort (floating)

**Sexing & Breeding:** Males are larger, have longer fins, and develop a “nuchal hump” (fatty bump) on their forehead with age. Females have a vibrant orange belly patch. Pink Convict Cichlids are prolific breeders and readily spawn in captivity.

**Maximum Size and Longevity:** These fish grow to around 4-5 inches (10-13 cm) and can live for 5-8 years with proper care.

**Behavior:** Pink Convict Cichlids are territorial and can be quite aggressive, especially during breeding. They will defend their territory and establish dominance over tank mates.

**Things to Consider Before Buying:**

* **Tank Size:** Minimum 30 gallons for a single fish or a mated pair.
* **Tank Mates:** Carefully choose tank mates that can handle their temperament.
* **Experience Level:** These fish are better suited for experienced aquarists.

**General Information:** Pink Convict Cichlids are native to Central America, found in rivers and lakes with moderate water flow.

**Fun Fact:** The vibrant pink coloration is a result of a genetic mutation that reduces pigment production.

Specification

My Family

Family

Cichlid

Where I am from

Origin

Central America

My behaviour

Social

Aggressive

How do I breed

Breeding

Prolific

Can you keep me

Care Level

Easy

Potential of Hydrogen

pH Level Aquarium pH measures water acidity/alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Fish have pH preferences; maintain ideal levels for their health and stability.

6.0 – 8.0

General Hardness

GH Level GH (General Hardness) in aquariums measures minerals like calcium and magnesium. It affects fish health by showing water\'s mineral content.

8 – 12 dGH

Carbonate Hardness

KH Level KH (Carbonate Hardness) in an aquarium stabilizes pH. It acts like a shield, keeping the water conditions just right for fish.

8 – 12 dKH

Temperature

Temperature Ideal temperature needed for fish

24°C – 27°C

How long will I live

Life Span

8 Years

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