The Jewel Cichlid originates from Africa, and is an incredibly beautiful fish that will bring that beauty to your aquarium. This breed of cichlid is very territorial in nature, and is a great choice for intermediate aquarists.
Features: Great for intermediate aquarists; Middle Swimmer Includes: 1 Fish Intended For: Intermediate Colors: Red, Yellow, Black Size: 6 in
Housing: Minimum tank size: 29g Compatibility: Territorial Decor: Rocks
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Rated 5 out of
From 2, I got hundreds....This past spring, I purchased two of these little fish -- each from a different PetsMart store. Lucky me, I happened to choose a male and a female (unknowingly, and totally accidentally)!
These two little fish that I paid not more than $6 total for have resulted in hundreds of offspring and my spending hundreds of dollars more at PetsMart! They have cost me a small fortune!
Shortly after arriving, they started reproducing. I now have dozens of jewel cichlids among three tanks in over 100 gallons of water. I had to fire up two other tanks that I had in storage because I ran out of space. What's worse is that the original two are now grandparents, many times over.
Seriously, I've never met such a hardy -- and fertile-- fish. They are absolutely beautiful (the photo above does not do it justice) and they have personalities similar to convicts. I'm not perfect when it comes to water conditions and these fish don't care. I have not lost one to illness or disease. They'll eat almost anything as well.
They can be very territorial when mating or protecting fry, and that could be a problem. True to cichlid character, they are naturally aggressive. Do not put them with community fish or fish smaller than them; they'll eat them!
We have enjoyed watching the reproductive process with these fish; it is very exciting for children, and that's why I have allowed it to continue to a degree. (I have used most of the fry as feeder fish. Otherwise, I'd literally have over a thousand fish!) Of course, if you -- like I -- suddenly have problems in the tank because you've found yourself with a mated pair, you'll need to find another tank......next thing you know, you'll be dropping several hundred dollars more at PetsMart, like I did!
I give jewel cichlids a 5-star rating due to their hardiness and personality. I would only recommend them to a friend who already has cichlids in their tank; otherwise, there will be a bullying problem.
Good luck with yours, and enjoy!