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Jewel Cichlid Care Sheet

Hemichromis letourneauxi

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Estimated Size: 3 to 4 inches
Natural Location: Tropical Africa


An average temperature of 75 degrees F should be maintained in the aquarium. During breeding season the temperature should be about 10 degrees higher at 85 degrees F. This temperature increase will assist your Jewel Cichlid in the breeding process.

Gravel with a diameter of about 2 millimeters is perfect for these Jewel Cichlid. This will allow them to dig into it during the breeding season. If you use gravel that is larger than this they may have problems due to their relatively small size.


Jewel Chilids are known to eat just about anything from flakes and pellets to freeze-dried krill. One of their favorite foods is snails, just be sure to feed them snails that are small enough for them.

Behavior and Temprament

Jewel Cichlid are best put in an aquarium with species that are too large for them to eat. As the males reach sexual maturity you will find that they become increasingly territorial. During breeding season when the males and females pair off, you will most likely be left with a few unpaired fish. It is best to remove these and place them in a seperate tank. The males which have paried off will become increasingly aggressive towards the non-breeding fish.

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