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The Convict Cichlid fish are tough and can survive is pretty bad conditions. Its body is well designed for combat and speed. It can well adjust in various kinds of environments from thick vegetation to open waters. These fish like rocks, pipes, gravel and burrows. Sometimes, if you place a decoration in the tank, you can expect your convict to take ownership of it and chase all other fishes away from that spot.
Where water parameters are concerned, they appreciate a PH of 6.6 to 7.8 and temperature of 26 to 29 °C (79 to 84 °F). Although not fussy about water type like many fish, they will thrive in these conditions. They are also tolerant to higher levels of ammonia. But keep changing the water often as a prolonged exposure to this toxic stuff causes irreparable damage to gills and organs which results in slow imminent death.
When it comes to feeding, convicts are hogs. They are omnivorous fish. Feel free to give them commercial pellets, dried blood worms, dried tubifex worms, beef heart etc. Sometimes I give them an altogether different treat like cooked fish that's rich in protein. They just go mad when such a thing is dropped into the water. Within minutes, the entire fish is devoured and only the bones remain. Sometimes I drop a little bit of brown bread so those who are small too can tear off bits and pieces and get their nutrition. When feeding, you must keep an eye on who is hogging and who is starving. When feeding pellets, I notice that some of the convict cichlid fish are not big enough to swallow and end up starving. In these cases, I either separate the big from the small or provide fine powder food in addition to the big type food so all can get their share.
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