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Hemichromis bimaculatus
Jewel cichlid
breeding notes

BREEDING: Breeding is possible in the home aquarium. The fish will dig spawning pits in which to lay, and will tend eggs and fry.

Have you bred Hemichromis bimaculatus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?


This page summarises breeding reports provided by visitors to this site, along with some statistical analysis. Please feel free to contribute - whatever your experience!

1 breeder has filled in a breeding report, a summary of which is shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

To add details of your experiences of Hemichromis bimaculatus, why not fill in a Breeding and maintenance Report.

Would Hemichromis bimaculatus be a good addition to a community tank?
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  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Hemichromis bimaculatus?
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  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
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  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
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  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?
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  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

In general, how difficult is Hemichromis bimaculatus to keep and breed?
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  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Hemichromis bimaculatus?
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  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful


Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences


Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 20-23oC
Disposition: Somewhat aggresive on occasions Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems:
Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty: Easy
Sucess: Fairly unsucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments: My jewel cichlid breeding was purely accidental. I did not realise that there were fry, and by the time I did, only one had survived. The pair spent most of their time behind a piece of slate leaning against the back wall - which, I presume, is where the eggs were laid.
Date this record created: 6th January 2008Breeding date: 2007
Breeder: Location:







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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Give your fish a treat! Flaked fish foods are excellent nutritionally, but most fish really enjoy tucking into live, or frozen live foods. Insect larvae such as bloodworms can be collected in summertime from your water barrel, but it is also very worthwhile to attempt to culture Daphnia or white worms for a free food source absolutely relished by aquarium fish. Frozen bloodworm are almost as good and are widely available, though freeze dried live foods tend not to go down as well. See more on feeding fish


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