The second of the above common names for this species is rarely encountered these days, but it reflects the fact that this beautifully marked fish was once considered a Hemichromis, the genus to which the “true” Jewel Cichlids belong. It is hard to differentiate between the two sexes, but adult females generally have stronger black markings and their bodies are more rounded just before spawning.
Other common name
- Dwarf Jewel Fish
- Coastal freshwater habitats in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.
- Male 4in (10cm); females considerably smaller.
- Territorial, but tolerant of other species.
- Wide range of foods accepted; both vegetable and livefood components recommended.
- Well planted, with hiding places and flat- topped or smoothly rounded pebbles. Water chemistry not critical, but soft, slightly acid conditions are best for breeding. Temperature range: 73-81 F (23-27 C).
- Eggs are laid on a precleaned broad leaf, or on a flat or rounded pebble. Both parents guard the eggs and fry. Hatching occurs after about 2 days