Jewel Cichlid Profile
Common name: Jewel cichlid
Scientific name: Hemichromis sp.
Type of fish: Cichlid
Origin: West Africa (Congo River)
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Max size: 5 inches
Growth Rate: Fast
Minimum tank size: 29 gallons
Aggressiveness: Many are extremely aggressive, while others (like mine) are laid-back
Tankmates: other Jewel cichlids, medium-sized American cichlids, African cichlids, Congo tetras, Synodontis catfish
Sexing: The red lining on the tip of the caudal/tail fin in females goes only halfway down from top to bottom.
Notes: Commonly comes in 2 color forms: red and turquoise. Some are reported to be highly aggressive but this is not the case for mine.