Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus)
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Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus)


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Common Name: Jewel Cichlid
Proper Name: Hemichromis bimaculatus
Category: Cichlids
Temperature: 22 - 28 C
Temperament Aggresive
Maximum Size: 15 cm
 
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Beautiful fish, but a bit of a mean side to them
 
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I have a really nice Jewel in my 30gl tank, he usually is rather cool with moet the populace, but today was the first time I have actually seen his dark side. Just brought home a Turquose Cichlid, and from the very start it has been a rather touch and go deal. For now the new fish is under a rock hanging out, just need to discipline the others to leave it alone......lol......tamming fish...what a rodeo for the evening. Maximo
 
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if we were talking about dogs we this would be a bull dawg. incredible power for the size. i kept some and one morning i found the fin of a 7 in bala shark, that was all. my three 1.5" jewels ate him...
 
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I had two of them and they were really coloful and had a ton of personality - including nipping me when I put my hand in the tank to clean. They did nto draw blood but definitely bit. It was pretty funny after a while but really scary at first (given i was not expecting my 1.5" fish to actually bite me)!!! They grew especially quickly as well. Anthony
 
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i bought a pair of them trying to breed them. never have i seen a fish fight so much. they are worse then my mated pair of oscars. the male beat on the female and anything else that moved. he took fins off my plecos too. i ended up giving them away for the sake of my other fish. pretty but dangerous fish.
 
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Managed to get them to breed once but the male killed the female after she lost the brood of wrigglers (this is apperently common), he also killed one other male and two other females before mating. a very agressive fish when mating will attack fish much larger with no fear.
 
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i have one with a kribensis, and they get along, although she chases the krib somtimes. thats the only sighn of aggesiveness that it has show even towards a clown loach and the kribensis is half its size
 
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i have one with a kribensis, and they get along, although she chases the krib somtimes. thats the only sighn of aggesiveness that it has show even towards a clown loach and the kribensis is half its size
 
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I have had my two jewel cichlids ( male and female) for years and never have i seen them being violent, well except for the male picking on the female but other than that they are rather peaceful.
 
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I brought home two very young jewels about 2 weeks ago. I have a lot of other community fish as well, like tetras and corycats and Danios plus 2 bamboo or amano shrimp (Can't tell). Anyway, most the fish and the shrimp are bigger than the jewels and I have not seen any aggressiveness at all. One of them had a stare down with the shrimp, but that's all. I hope as the jewels grow up with the other fish they will remain gentle and not pick on them. I don't plan on adding anymore fish.

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