Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus)

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Jewel Cichlid

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Jewel Cichlid

Hemichromis bimaculatus

170 Litres (45 US G.)

13-14 cm (5.1-5.5")




6.5 - 7.5

21 -23 °C (69.8-73.4°F)

4-16 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Jewel Fish, Jewel Cichlid, Jewelfish, Two-Spot Jewel Cichlid, Red Jewel Cichlid, African Jewelfish

Additional scientific names

Hemichromis cristatus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Africa: Widely distributed in West Africa, where it is known from most hydrographic basins, associated with forested biotopes. Also reported from coastal basins of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nile basin

Sexing[edit | edit source]

The females tend to be larger and the males more colourful.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

As with most Cichlids, these fish should be considered semi-aggressive and incompatible with community fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

This fish will accept pellets and flake as well as algae-based foods. They will eat live plants.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

These fish need spacious tanks with plenty of hiding places and caves.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

This fish should be considered aggressive. It is primarily mid-top dwelling.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A colourful oval-shaped fish that is red-orange in base colour, with many iridescent blue spots covering the body and fins,they have two dark spots on the flanks. There are hybrids also seen, these lack the dark spots.

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