Dwarf Red Jewel
Hemichromis bimaculatus

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Semi-Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

2 - 5

Minimum Tank Size

55

Color

Blue, Red, White, Yellow

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

Slightly Basic (7.2-7.8 pH), High Water Hardness (6+ dKH), and 72-84 degrees Fahrenheit

Description


General: The Red Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus) naturally occupy slow-moving rivers of west Africa. Not being from the African Rift Valley region, the Red Jewel Cichlid are slightly different from their cllsoe relatives. The primary difference between the Red Jewel, and Rift Valley Cichlids is the temperament. Member of the scientific family Cichlidae from the Rift Valley region tend to behave more aggressively towards each other, regardless of species. The Red Jewel Cichlid are aggressive towards other Red Jewel, but not nearly as much towards other species of Cichlid. This typically makes the Red Jewel Cichlid compatible with a variety of South American, as well as the more timid Rift Valley Cichlids. Another difference between the Red Jewel, and Rift Valley Cichlids. is diet. Cichlidae from the African Rift Valley region tend to be primarily herbivorous. In this case, Red Jewel are an opportunistic omnivore. Red Jewel will prefer a well-balanced diet to support optimal growth, and coloration. The Red Jewel Cichlid should be kept in a 1:3 male to female ratio, and in small groups (four Red Jewel per 55 gallon). Maintaining this ratio of Red Jewel will help limit aggressive behavior between Red Jewel individuals.

Fecundity: The Red Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus) female may produce up to 300 eggs per clutch.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly Basic (7.2-7.8 pH), High Water Hardness (6+ dKH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Bloodworms, Spirulina, Daphnia, Mussel, Boiled Cucumber, Ghost Shrimp, and Tropical Flake

Compatibility: The Red Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus) are typically compatible with Aulonocara, Haplochromis, Synodontis, Silver Dollar, Plecostomus, Geophagus, and Severum.