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The Red Jewel Cichlid, also known as Hemichromis lifalili, is a vibrant and popular freshwater fish originating from West Africa. This beautiful cichlid is a great addition to any community tank and is relatively easy to care for.


Red Jewel Cichlids are omnivores and require a varied diet that includes high-quality pellets or flakes, as well as live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp or bloodworms. They also require a spacious aquarium with plenty of hiding places, such as rocks, caves, or driftwood. It is important to maintain good water quality, and regular water changes should be performed.


The Red Jewel Cichlid has a beautiful, bright red body with a metallic sheen and blue or green markings on its fins. The males are usually larger and more colorful than females, and they have elongated dorsal fins. They can grow up to 5 inches in length.


Red Jewel Cichlids are generally peaceful and can be kept with other African cichlid species of similar size and temperament. However, males can become aggressive towards other males during breeding or territorial disputes, so it is recommended to keep them in a group with several females.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 7.0-8.5
  • gH: 5-12
  • kH: 4-8
  • TDS: 150-350
  • Temperature: 72-82°F


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Red Jewel Cichlid

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