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Jewel CichlidFeature Species Profile - The Jewel Cichlid originated from the rivers in Africa in the Zaire region. It is one of the most aggressive tropical fish and is not suited for a community tank. It is also known as the Jewelfish and the Two Spotted Jewel Fish. The scientific name Hemichromis bimaculatus refers to the two large spots along its body. Hybrid varieties may not show these spots. The basic coloration is yellow/olive, but colors become intense red with iridescent blue/green spots during breeding. A common hybrid is the Blue or Turquoise Jewel. There is also a red forest variety known by the scientific name Hemchromis lifalili.... more

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