African Turquoise Jewel Cichlid
Jewel cichlid or african jewelfish (Hemichromis bimaculatus) is a cichlid that became famous due to its beauty and aggressiveness. Of course, red jewel cichlid is aggressive if it is kept together with guppies and danio.
Jewel cichlids are some of the most beautiful cichlids in the aquarium trade. They are fantastic fish and dazzling additions to your tank. Jewel Cichlids can be found in many rivers and streams. They are Hemichromis, meaning “blood colored” as they’re well named, come in many different variations.
Jewel cichlid temperament around other fish
Jewels are often very misunderstood when it comes to aggression. Some are known to kill every single other fish in the tank (because of several reasons), However, others are completely peaceful. When these cichlids get to be adults, they often stay in their cave or swim close to it. Their beautiful iridescent colors get brighter when they’re happy and duller when they’re upset. They will usually have a good bond with their owner and will get bright and happy when their owner is around or when they’re about to be fed. They can be social with other fish occasionally. They make a great tank boss, but some of these cichlids are really not to be messed with, especially if you have a mating pair.
Feeding regime for jewel cichlids
Jewel cichlid gladly eats all types of feed. However, to get the maximum of its color it’s desirable to feed the fish with live feed: blood worm, tubifex, white worms, fish frames etc. – this isn’t a full list of what this cichlid can feed on. Plant feed can be added to the fish diet – lettuce leaves or feed with spirulina addition.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FEEDING AQUARIUM FISH
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.