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Amatitlania (Archocentrus) nigrofasciata
General Body Form:
General cichlid body type
Also known as the "zebra cichlid"; both this and "convict" are good descriptions of this species. It has black vertical bars on it's bluish-lavender body. There is usually a pink tinge to it's belly, and well-kept fish will have an iridescent pattern on their fins and sides. Both the dark stripes and pink belly become more pronounced during breeding. Males usually have darker stripes and pointier fins (in addition to their usually larger size), and fully mature ones will sometimes have a bit of a hump on their head. Females have pinker bellies and are usually rounder. There is also a pink albino strain.
This is perhaps one of the most forgiving fish in the pet trade...
they are amazing survivors and adaptors! However, they are not for
the weak of heart and for those fishkeepers with peaceful community
tank fish. These fish are NOT known for their gentle dispositions,
and need to be kept with other aggressive, larger fish that will hold
their own (it can and will harass some fish to death). They have been
known to pick fights with Oscars more than 3X's their size, and win!
Best kept alone or with their own kind, but fascinating fish to watch.
Unparticular, basic setup with hiding places (preferentially with fake/live plants)
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