Convict Cichlid

The Convict Cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) is a freshwater fish. It is also known as the Zebra Cichlid or the Black-Striped Cichlid. 

The Convict Cichlid has an oval-shaped bluish-grey body with 8 or 9 vertical black and white stripes. British convicts wore black and white uniforms, which is why it is called Convict Cichlid. The male has a lump on its forehead. The female has darker black bands. 

It is small compared with other cichlids. It measures 11-17 centimetres (4-6 inches) long. 

Convict Cichlid

The Convict Cichlid is native to Central America. It lives in freshwater lakes and streams. It prefers moving water. 

It is an omnivore, eating crabs, shrimp, small fish, insects, worms, aquatic plants, and algae.

The male and female form a monogamous pair for life. The female lays eggs in small caves or rock crevices. The male and female fan the eggs to keep them oxygenated. The eggs hatch after 3 days and become little fish, called fry.

Both parents care for their young. The parents often suck up the fry into their mouth for protection. They don’t eat their young. 

Convict Cichlid
Convict Cichlid
Convict Cichlid

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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