Common Name: Black Convict
Latin Name: Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum
Origin: Central America
Temperature: 68-82°F – 20-28°C
Ease Of Keeping: Easy
Adult Size: 6 inches – 15cm
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallon
Feeding: Flakes,live food as treats.
Spawning Method: Egg Layer
Comments: This article is all about breeding convicts and raising the fry.
Convicts start to breed when they are an inch long.
They can have up to 100-200 eggs per batch.
Good parents in general. In some cases parents have to be taken out.
I personally raised 120 fry in a 10 gallon tank and eight months later they are now in a 20 gallon tank.
Fry eat crushed flakes and baby brine shrimp.
The fry need hiding spots and plants are optional but they do better with them.
My convicts DID breed successfully without a heater. They do need a good filter.
I had gravel in my tank but that killed some of my small fry. From 120 to 100.
WHEN BREEDING A PAIR OF CONVICTS AFTER THERE DONE IF THE MALE SEEMS TO BE BEATING UP THE FEMALE TAKE HER OUT! HE WILL KILL HER!
I didn’t condition my pair.
Convicts just like to spawn.
But if you want to condition them they will take almost any live or frozen food.
There very active fish and alot of fun to watch.
Please DO NOT mix goldfish with convicts. THEY WILL BE MASSACRED.
Name : bob
Comments : I have two breeding pairs each laying claim to half of a 90 gallon tank with an 8″ aquatic turtle and 10inch pleco. The convicts have successfully protected their fry from all of the goldfish, the turtle, and the pleco. They are very territorial and aggressive when they have fry. The breeding pair also forms very strong bonds. It’s highly unlikely the males will ever attack the females.