Pink Convict Cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus) CareSheet

Buy Pink Convict Cichlid The Pink Convict Cichlid is a hybrid between the Archocentrus nigrofasciatus Convict Cichlid and the Archocentrus nigrofasciatus Convict Cichlid. This fish is also known as the Zebra Cichlid or Convict Cichlid because the female has an orange patch on her stomach. The male is bigger, more uniform, and has a steeper forehead and longer fins than the female. The male will develop a fatty bulge on the forehead as he gets older. They make a stunning addition to any aquarium, but their aggressive habits make them unsuitable for a communal tank.

A 30 gallon minimum tank with a gravel bottom, boulders, and lots of hiding spots among the rocks or inverted pots is required for the Pink Convict Cichlid. As a kind of cover, floating plants are advised. Pink Convict Cichlids should only be kept with other aggressive fish of the same size or bigger because of their aggressive temperament.

The Pink Convict Cichlid is a cave breeder that can survive in a variety of water conditions. Raise the water temperature to 75-79°F to encourage breeding. Between a cave and an open region, several females will spawn. The male and female of the Pink Convict Cichlid quickly couple and create a patriarch/matriarch family, with both caring for the young. Both the male and the female will send signals to the fry. Most prepared and frozen meals, including freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and ocean plankton, as well as flake food and Cichlid pellets, will be eaten by the Pink Convict Cichlid.

Requirements for keeping Archocentrus nigrofasciatus

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Difficult
Tank Conditions: 75-79°F; pH 6.5-8.0
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 6"
Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Omnivore

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Pink Convict species profile


Archocentrus nigrofasciatus is commonly known as the Convict cichlid and is also referred to by its former scientific name, Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum.

Common names

The common names for Archocentrus nigrofasciatus include Convict cichlid, Zebra cichlid, and Convict fish.


The species name "nigrofasciatus" derives from Latin, where "niger" means black and "fasciatus" means banded. This refers to the distinct black bands that adorn the fish's body, contributing to its recognizable appearance.


Archocentrus nigrofasciatus belongs to the family Cichlidae and the genus Archocentrus. It falls under the order Perciformes.


Archocentrus nigrofasciatus is native to Central America, specifically Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. It has also been introduced to various other regions.


This species inhabits various freshwater environments, including rivers, streams, and lakes, often preferring areas with rocky substrates and ample hiding spots among submerged vegetation.

Maximum Standard Length

The maximum standard length of Archocentrus nigrofasciatus is around 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm).

Aquarium Size

A suitable aquarium for Convict cichlids should ideally be at least 30 gallons for a pair, with additional space for territorial behavior.


Maintaining Convict cichlids requires regular water changes, adequate filtration, and providing hiding spots using rocks or decorations.

Water Conditions

Convict cichlids thrive in water temperatures around 72-82°F (22-28°C) and prefer slightly alkaline to neutral pH levels (pH 6.5-8.0).


These cichlids are omnivorous, consuming a diet that includes high-quality pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and small insects.

Behaviour and Compatibility

Archocentrus nigrofasciatus are known for their aggressive and territorial behavior, often being best kept in species-only tanks or with robust tankmates that can hold their own.

Sexual Dimorphism

Sexual dimorphism is present, with males being larger and more brightly colored than females. Males also develop longer fin extensions.


Convict cichlids are prolific breeders and form monogamous pairs. They lay their eggs on flat surfaces and both parents participate in guarding and caring for the eggs and fry.

Endangered List

Archocentrus nigrofasciatus is not listed as endangered.