convict cichlid

Convict cichlids are endemic to the lake and streams of Central America. In particular, the species occurs along the eastern coast of central America from Guatemala to Costa Rica, while on the western coast from Honduras to Panama. Convict cichlids prefer moving water, and are most frequently found in habitats with cover in the form of rocks or sunken branches.[14] Convict cichlids are relatively tolerant of cooler water, an ability which has allowed the species to colonise volcanic lakes at elevations of 1500 m (4920 feet).[15] At four natural habitats of the convict cichlid in Costa Rica the pH was found to range from 6.6 - 7.8, while alkalinity ranged from 63 to 77 ppm CaCO3. The daily water temperature ranged from 26-29 C (79-84 F).

The Convict cichlid (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus) is a species of fish from the family Cichlidae native to Central America also known as the zebra cichlid. Convict cichlids are popular aquarium fish and have also been the subject of a numerous of studies on fish behaviour.


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