11-03-2009, 02:30 AM
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This is another fish in my view, that is hard to sex with any real accuracy. It is said that the dorsal and anal fins of the male will be a bit longer than the females but most of the fish offered in pet stores or fish stores are young fish and fins may not have developed fully.
As with most cichlids ,it is sometimes best to get a group of them assuming that there is sufficent room in the aquarium, and let them form pairs on their own.
I have kept this fish and found it to be difficult to place a male or female with a single specimen in hopes of achieving a mated pair. I can say that females ,are not all that receptive to males smaller than them ,and that females that show no interest in the advances of the male for whatever reasons,, are often harrassed mercilessly until the victim is removed or killed outright.
This is also another fish that while it may get along as single specimen with other cichlids of equal aggressiveness,, it is not a fish for an otherwise peaceful tank ,and a pair,(breeding) will often kill everything else in the tank.
I am actually waiting on a blood red jewel cichlid for a 75 gal tank that also houses a polleni cichlid and a couple of Synodontis Multipunctatus.The fish I have are much larger than the jewel cichlid but I will watch the fish closely for any sign of trouble.
The pair of jewel cichlids I kept for approx a year produced successful spawns twice. The male ultimately killed the female when she lost interest in spawning further.