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The convict cichlid is a freshwater fish native to Central America, also known as the zebra cichlid. The convict cichlids are incredibly hardy fish, to easy care, making it an ideal aquarium fish for beginner fish keepers. Convicts are also one of the easiest Cichlids to breed and they are excellent parents, vigorously defending their fry even from much larger fishes. Browse our selection of Live Fish and Aquarium Supplies and thriving home for your fish.

Features of White Convict Cichlid:

  • They have a distinct, white coloration that is striking and unique among cichlid species
  • White Convicts are aggressive and territorial, especially during breeding, and should be kept in a species-only tank or with similarly-sized and temperament fish
  • Their natural habitat has plenty of wood and rocks for them to use as a place to hide in between feeding. Provide plenty of hiding places
  • The average convict cichlid lifespan is roughly 8 to 10 years
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Convict Cichlid: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Convict Cichlid:

A minimum 100L would be required if mixing with other species. The extra space will make these fish happy. Territorial fish that are prone to aggression in small aquariums. The bigger tank is better for the health of your fish.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Despite their potential to be aggressive freshwater fish, you do have some options to convict cichlids tank mates. One convict cichlid alone or a male and female combo are two common choices. Here are some possible convict cichlid tank mates:

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Convict Cichlid Food :

The ideal diet for convict cichlids is a mix of pellets or flakes with live food options as well. Fish Food can be :


Convict Cichlid Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

They need good water movement along with very strong and efficient filtration. Make sure the filter matches with your tank size.

Here are some great ones to consider:

Aquatic Plants

It’s also a good idea to include some aquatic plants in the aquarium. You have some room to be flexible when making this choice based on your own personal preference.

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Aquarium Decorations

Rocks and driftwood are ideal, Other Ornaments for your tank:


Convict cichlids do best with a sandy substrate.

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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