Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: African Jewelfish; JewlFish; Blue Jewel; Red Jewel; Red Jewel Cichlid
Scientific name: Hemichromis bimaculatus
The Jewel Cichlid is a large and colorful Cichlid which is naturally found in streams, lakes and rivers in West Africa.
Jewel Cichlids are orange to red with several rows of blue iridescent flecks the body has three black dots - one on the gill cover, one on the mid section of the body, and the third on caudal-fin base.
Hemichromis bimaculatus is a popular home aquarium fish, though it is highly agressive and will prey on other fish if put into a community tank. The Jewel Cichlid is aggressive and is not a good community fish.
A single pair of Jewel Cichlids should be kept in at least a 30 gallon tank.
vibrant colors, red jewel, radiate color, beautiful tropical fish, eye catching display
considerable territory, low salinity, water conditions, community tank, aggressive cichlid
Rift Lake Cichlid, extremely low salinity