First imported into Europe before 1910, this species immediately created interest owing to the intense reddish coloration of the males when in full breeding condition. Although it has subsequently been outshone in terms of color by its close relative Hemichromis lifalili (Lifalili Cichlid), it still remains popular among hobbyists.
- Southern Guinea to central Liberia.
- Up to 6in (15cm) reported, but usually smaller.
- Highly territorial, particularly during breeding. At other times, it will tolerate other similar-sized tankmates.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Well planted, with numerous shelters and at least one flat-topped or smoothly rounded rock. Some plants may need protection (by making the area around the base of the stems inaccessible). Water chemistry not critical but should be well filtered. Temperature range: 70-77F (21-25C); higher for breeding.
- Eggs are laid on a precleaned site and are defended vigorously by both parents who then guard the fry, moving them to previously dug