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Hemichromis bimaculatus
Jewel cichlid
Gill, 1862

Hemichromis bimaculatus - Jewel cichlid - A colourful male
A colourful male
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(Other members of the genus Hemichromis)

ADULT SIZE: 15 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 21-24 C

FOOD: Feed Hemichromis bimaculatus small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Congo (Rep.), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

Red Forest Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis Species) West African Live Aquarium Fish

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AQUARIUM CARE: This is one of the most spectacular of all aquarium fishes; they truly are like jewels, with their sparkling, irredescent patterning over a rich red background. They are easy to keep, however should not be considered a community fish, as they can get quite aggressive at spawning time. They can be a little shy in many tanks. Provide adequte planting and caves. The Jewel cichlid inhabits a vast range in the wild - occuring in costal rivers in many West African countries. It likes somewhat cooler conditions than some cichlids.

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?, or examine existing Hemichromis bimaculatus breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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