Pink Convict Cichlid

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The Pink Convict Cichlid is a pseudo-albino of the Archocentrus nigrofasciatus Convict Cichlid. Sometimes called Zebra Cichlid or Convict Cichlid, this fish is monotone in color, with the female having an orange patch on her stomach. The male is larger, monotone, has a steeper forehead and longer fins. As it ages, the male will acquire a fatty lump on the forehead. A striking addition to any aquarium, they are not recommended for the community tank due to their aggressive tendencies.

The Pink Convict Cichlid requires a minimum tank of 30 gallons with a gravel bottom, rocks and plenty of hiding places among the rocks or some inverted pots. Floating plants are recommended as a form of cover. Because of their aggressive nature, Pink Convict Cichlids should only be housed with other more aggressive fish of the same size or larger.

The Pink Convict Cichlid is a cave-breeder and will accept a range of water conditions. To promote breeding increase the water temperature to between 75-79°F. Some females will spawn between a cave and an open area. The Pink Convict Cichlid readily pairs and forms a patriarch/matriarch family and both the male and female will care for the young. The fry will respond to signals from both the male and the female.

The Pink Convict Cichlid is omnivorous and will eat most prepared and frozen foods, including freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and ocean plankton, as well as flake food and Cichlid pellets.

Pink Convict Cichlid, 3.5 out of 5 based on 6 ratings
15 Reviews to “Pink Convict Cichlid”
Amber on March 19th, 2009 5:16 pm

I have had pink convicts for about 2 yrs now.. and if u like a good breeding fish this is it !! they will take over your tank and kill any fish that gets in its way!! when the mother has fry she is very aggressive and stays that way until the fry are a few months old.. They will quickly populate your tank..I have a few other chiclids that are also in the tank that have survived now for a few months.. also a pacous.. The other chiclids have learned to stay away from her and my dominate male..

Jessica on March 23rd, 2009 2:12 am

When I first bought convict fish, I bought two “toddler” sized ones, two 5 inch males and a two inch female…within a week the dominate male killed the other large male, and the two “toddlers” had to be seperated from the couple with a glass pane because they had bite marks on them…so did my chinese sucker fish. (The male was killed before the couple had babies) But all together they are great parents, they’ve had their babies for a couple months now.

Now all the fish are okay to be together.

Van on May 5th, 2009 5:57 pm

I have a question:

Would it be okay to put convict with flowerhorn?

Konna on July 27th, 2009 4:26 pm

I have a 55 gallon tank that has
4 botia fish
4 tetra
2 gold fish
1 large convict

I had 2 convict and one died. About 2 months ago my convicts had babies and I took all the other fish out of the tank. For about a 3 weeks I left the tank this way but the babies starting disappearing so I took all but 3 out (which disappeared in 1 day) but I did it because the female was harrassing the male who had been with her continuously throughout the 3 weeks. I thought he was eating them and she was protecting them. I figured I would help her and take them out and when I did she still was still chasing him around the tank and wouldn’t let him near her. After about a week I put the other fish back in the tank and within 2 days roles reversed on the convicts he became really agressive and he wouldn’t let her out of her “hiding spot” ( the place she would go where he wouldn’t go get to her). Well it’s been about a month now with this senario except he seemed to let her out to eat. In the last week though she has gone from eating to not eating to never coming out of her hole to dead. Now he sits in the same spot she would stay and wont come out except to eat and I am afraid he will die too. I also heard that they mate for life I am afraid for him now. Have you had any convicts mate with more than one? Any suggestions or advice.
Thank you in advance.

james dallas on December 8th, 2009 9:27 pm

I have been breeding pink convicts and reg. Con. For about 3 yrs now I’ve found they are not mates for life but mate for the survival of their species I have 1 dominate male who has bred with 5 females one by one 2 at a time I have a lot of experience with these fish any ? Contact me

allison on January 9th, 2010 12:38 pm

I have a pair of pink convicts that have bred many times but the babies always get eaten by the parents. I do not have any other fish in my tank. I would like to try to save the babies but they do not do well in the breeder net (poor circulation??). My male has gotten aggressive towards my female now that the fry area a wk or 2 old and I have become concerned for her safety as she has not been acting right. I just placed a divider in to separate the male/female because I read that the male becomes aggressive towards her because she will eat their babies. I just separated them today and the keep ATTACKING each other between the divider with their mouths and wont stop! I am not sure what to do….

please help!

alissa on January 11th, 2010 2:02 pm

i bought my first convict when i was 14 years old. i knew nothing about the species but quickly found out it could not have a mate in the same tank of another breed. so i put another convict with the one i already had. they quickly bred but then my first convict began to be aggressive towards the other so they have been separated for years now. i am now 23 years old and after weeks of my first convict laying on its side at the bottom of the tank, he finally passed away. :(

steve on August 8th, 2010 1:42 pm

I have a 30 gallon fish tank for four years now.
1 breeding pair of black convicts,
2 yellow labs. ( african cichlids )
1 jewel ( african cichlid )
1 pearl gourami
1 pleco
my convicts have had six batches of fry so far.
i find the easiest way to keep the parents from fighting each other
is to remove the fry after two and a half to three weeks after birth.
i put the first two batches in a twenty gallon tank by themselves
whith one small pleco, i have discarded the last four batches,
they grow slow, and ran out of room.

most of the fry are doing very well, and just moved four of the largest back into the main tank, pretty entertaining, small and fast,

just remember, the longer the fry stay whith the parents the more
agressive the parents become whith each other.

steve on August 8th, 2010 2:38 pm

by the,way if you do not intend on keeping the fry, remove them
as soon as possible.
maybe after 1 week,
the parents will become calm after about thirty six hours.
i find it very difficult to raise any fry of any kind in the same
tank as the parents,
regardless of tank dividers or small fish rufuge , such as netiing
or thick vegetation,
a secondary tank is the best bet.
i had to move the male into a seperate tank once, whithin two days after the fry were removed, i put him back in the main tank and all was well.

sam on September 15th, 2010 11:02 am

well im new to keeping fish all together.. i brought my son a 37 gal tank and i have a 55g tank…

in my tank i have:

1 silver arowana
1 rainbow shark
1 black shark
2 pim pictus
2 plecos
2 bala sharks
1 pink convict cichlid
3 jewel cichlids

i want to keep my rainbow shark and black shark and arowana but i also want to go with just cichlids

Tracy on February 1st, 2011 8:16 pm

I have had a greer terror for about two years now and i decided to start another tank in order to get him some friends. I got a 20 gal and in it i put 2 jewels and 2 convicts. After about two days i noticed that the convicts back fins are chewed up. I moved them into another tank that i have so they will be alone. I was woundering if african and american cichilds should not be mixed together and how many cichlids i could put into the 20 gal tank?

Mark Read on October 29th, 2011 7:20 am

noticed a lot of people having the same issues regarding their fish becoming agresive a week or so after spawning. so hope this helps ..”The parents defend their babies at all cost and will push tank mates to the other side of the tank. If they feel their young are threatened, then they will actually bury them in the sand. They will retrieve any fry that stray from the nest and the male will viciously guard them to the death.
You can remove them after a few weeks if you plan to raise them, allowing the breeding process to start again. If you do not remove them the female sometimes will eat the young. This will result in the male attacking the female to the point where you may have to remove her or put in a divider. “

jenn on July 20th, 2012 7:47 pm

pink convicts only eat there babies if there stressed out or if there water conditions are bad or if there scared . ive been breeding pink convicts for almost a year now and they have bred like almost 10 times now . they wil eat the ones that are sick or something wrong with them there very good parents mine just had babies again . lol . i love my fish .

Kayleen Kelley on August 10th, 2012 3:25 pm

I have 2 female pink convicts and i have 1 female calico convict and i have 1 male calico convict. i have been trying to get them to breed for a long time now. they spawn about every 3 weeks but the eggs never get fertilized and then the female will start to eat the eggs. Im not sure what im doing wrong but i really want to breed them!

Maurice Huddleston on April 21st, 2013 3:13 pm

Hello, my question to any one,
I have one pink female conivct that is no longer then my pinky finger ok. Now I have a black male convict that is four fingers wide and six and a half long and now there are babies that are very lil , where you too look very close. Now will any parents eat there own babies?


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