- Diet: Flake, Frozen, Spirulina
- Maximum size: 6"
- Water temperature: 72-82° F
- Swimming level: Middle
- Experience level: Advanced
- Tank Setup: 29+ gallons, plus rock and/or driftwood
African cichlids are very popular with fish hobbyists because there are so many different types to choose from. There are many species of African cichlids, including the rock-dwelling cichlids from Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika. These active and intriguing freshwater fish come in a range of eye-catching colors and sizes, allowing you to create a diverse, fascinating show tank.
They are generally peaceful with fish of the same size and temperament, but may eat any fish small enough to fit into their mouths. They may also be territorial and aggressive to others of their species. Cichlids are middle-swimmers, so be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.
Learn about the Jewel Cichlid
Live fish, blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp and tubifex worms. Frozen plankton, beef heart, brine shrimp, glass worms and blood worms. Freeze dried and tablet foods also accepted.
Africa: Densely decorated with rocks, plastic plants and driftwood. Use only hardy live potted plants, as the jewels may uproot them.
Very aggressive cichlid. By keeping the aquarium densely decorated, it will help cut down on the aggression towards other fish in the aquarium.
Visit our Fish Care Center to find products, care information and bright ideas to enhance your underwater world.
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