Hemichromis guttatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : West Africa, from Senegal to Cameroun
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 120 cm - 45"
English name : Jewelfish
You should keep this fish as a pair.  The best way to get a good matching couple is to raise a group of unrelated juveniles (6-8) to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off. The best pair should be chosen and other pairs should be removed.  The aquarium should be set up with driftwood and roots.  You can use some hard plants for decoration as well, but you should anchor them very well because the fish like to dig.  A territory is made.  You can keep them together with other fishes of equal size, because they are rather aggressive.  A good filter and a regular changing of the water are appreciated.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is easy with a good matching couple.  Up to 500 eggs are laid and fertilized on a stone.  You can feed the young fishes with baby brine shrimp and a few days later with fine crushed dry food.  Both parents care for the fry very intensive during 6-8 weeks.  After that period the young fishes should be removed, because the parents will spawn again and then they chase their young.

Photo Credit

Jörg Albering

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