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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

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

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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