Jewel Cichlid Tropical Fish Information

Hemichromis bimaculatus
Jewel Cichlid
Behaviour Territorial, peaceful, aggressive during spawning
Typical size 10cm
Max size 12cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 90cm
Temp Min: 20℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Jewel Cichlid Hemichromis bimaculatus
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Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus)

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The Jewel Cichlid seems to have 'waves' of popularity and/or availability but it is a well-recommended fish for those interested in medium sized cichlids. Although normally peaceful, individuals may be quite aggressive towards others of the same kind. During breeding a pair will become highly protective of their eggs and young so this must be taken into account when choosing tank mates. Mix with similar sized hardy fish and provide hiding spots amongst rocks, wood and hardy plants. The Jewel Cichlid is a burrower so plants must be hardy and preferably potted. Can be kept in mildly brackish water.

Jewel Cichlid Facts

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Hemichromis guttatus, H. cerasogaster, H. cristatus, H. paynei, H. stellifer | Other names African Jewelfish, Jewelfish | Origin Africa; Coastal and forested rivers | Breeding Eggs are laid on pre-cleaned rocks, the eggs and young are transferred to dug out pits and cared for by both parents. | Natural Water Conditions pH 6.5-7.5, very soft to hard | Natural Habitat Muddy or sandy bottomed waterways



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