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Just above, a nice young male Red Jewel Cichlid for sale in our online store. He came out to look at the camera, and one of us snapped his picture.
     
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3085 Red Jewel Cichlid for sale
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Pictures: taken by one of us of one of our fish in one of our beautiful planted aquariums. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture. Click here to see more pictures of this species.
 
When we first got these fish, they were about 1" long with lots of bright metallic blue, but now at about 2" long they are much more red, and we think they are even more beautiful.
 
Maximum size: about 6" long
 
Scientific name:
Hemichromis guttatus
 
 
       
3085
Jewel Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
Jewel Cichlids at AquariumFish.net
Jewel Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
Blue Jewel Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
 
Premium
Red Diamond
Jewel Cichlid

 
Pictures: taken by one of us of one of our fish in one of our beautiful planted aquariums. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture. Click here to see more pictures of this species.
 
When we first got these fish, they were about 1" long with lots of bright metallic blue, but now at about 2" long they are much more red, and we think they are even more beautiful.
 
Maximum size: about 6" long
 
Scientific name:
Hemichromis guttatus
 
 
       

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Comments: These fish are named after their beautiful 'jewel' like coloring. The male shows off a richer coloring as they mature.

Origin: The ancestors of Diamond Jewel Cichlids lives in Northern and Western Congo River Basin. But now they live in aquariums all over the world. 

Maximum Size: In aquariums, they only grow to be about 5" long, including their tails.

Behaviors: Diamond Jewel Cichlids can be semi-aggressive fish.

Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, Malawi Peacocks, mild tempered Mbunas like the Lemon Yellow Mbuna, and Synodontis Catfish, also Cichlids from Lake Victoria, but probably not Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. Click here for more about Synodontis Catfish. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.

Temperature: Diamond Jewel Cichlids live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.

Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for most Cichlids to eat. It would be best to feed them small pellets when young, then gradually increase the size as they are mature. In their natural habitat the Diamond Jewel Cichlids eat small fish but do not require live fish when living in an aquarium. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.

Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.

Aquarium Size: Diamond Jewel Cichlids will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water.

Decor: Diamond Jewel Cichlids do not need gravel on the bottom of their aquarium, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Click here for more about aquarium gravel.

Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but this fish will usually rip plants up, so most aquariums with Diamond Jewel Cichlids do not have live plants.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 50-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for Diamond Jewel Cichlids. Better is an 80, 100, or 120-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.

The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: Diamond Jewel Cichlids can live for at least 5 years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely live long and breed to produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.

Gender: It's hard to tell males from females just by looking at them. But Males will get more colorful as they mature and get ready to spawn.

Breeding: Diamond Jewel Cichlids are Substrate Spawners. Click here for a lot more about breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.

Popularity: The Diamond Jewel Cichlids has been a rather popular aquarium fish for many many years.

Names: Their scientific name is Hemichromis lifalili. There are some closely related species that look rather similar.

Variations: There are no variations of this species that are known to us, but there are other similar looking species.

Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Diamond Jewel Cichlids, including a picture gallery.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrTom - 01/19/2015

   

Comments
The Red Diamond Jewel is a Cichlid from West Africa unlike most of the African Cichlids, whose ancestors lived in the Great Lakes in East Africa. Red Diamond Jewel Cichlids grow fast to about 6" long and are often kept in aquariums with Mbunas Cichlids from Lake Malawi. Mbunas and Jewels seem to be compatible.

   

Appropriate Home
Eventually in a very large aquarium with an external power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4-inch of gravel, and an aquarium heater adjusted to between 78 and 82 degrees F. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.

   

Recommended Diet
When they are small, feed them floating flake food and small pellets. Later when the Buttikoferi have grown to about 3", start feeding them larger pellets. Click here for more about feeding fish.

   

Compatibility
Either one to an aquarium or several. these Jewels  are Cichlids and like most Cichlids if you keep just 2 or 3 in the same aquarium, the strongest one will make the others miserable.
 
Jewel Cichlids do very well in a group of 6 or more in a large aquarium with 50-gallons or more of water. Eventually a group of six Buttikoferi will need a very large aquarium.
 
Here are some fish often seen in the same aquariums with Jewel Cichlids: Oscars, Synodontis Catfish, Large White Tip Shark Cats, and Pictus Catfish. Large Plecostomus Catfish. Jewel Cichlids are also often kept with Mbuna Cichlids from Lake Malawi.
 
Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.

   

Size and Lifespan
Red Jewel Cichlids will quickly grow to be 6" long and then bigger. Their lifespan is several years, and perhaps many years with good care.

 
 
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Red Diamond Jewel Cichlids for sale
 
Red Diamond Jewel Cichlids for sale
 
Red Diamond Jewel Cichlids for sale
   
Above, several pictures of the same rather large male Red Diamond Jewel Cichlid swimming in one of DrTom's wonderful aquariums, when he snapped this picture.
 
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