Jewel cichlids are beautiful freshwater fish native to East and Central Africa. They are one of the most popular cichlid species in an aquarium due to their beauty, easy care, and low aggression levels.
Jewel cichlids are hardy fish that have brilliant colorful scales. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, from oranges and blues to bright whites and greens.
Jewel cichlids can grow up to 6 inches in length and should be kept in a tank of at least 20-30 gallons to provide enough space for swimming.
Jewel cichlids are omnivorous and need a diet of meat and vegetables, including live, frozen, and flake foods.
Jewel cichlids are usually peaceful fish but can become territorial and aggressive if they lack adequate space or feel threatened.
Jewel cichlids should be kept from other aggressive fish as they can become territorial and aggressive when competing for food and territory.
Jewel cichlids are egg-scatterers and will lay their eggs on a flat surface.
Jewel cichlids lay around 100 - 500 eggs, and the parents will protect and guard them until they hatch.
Jewel cichlids are social fish, so they should be kept in pairs or small groups.
Jewel cichlids are sensitive to water chemistry, so their water should be tested regularly to ensure it is within the proper parameters.
Jewel cichlids can be long-lived, living up to 8 years or more with proper care.