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Jewel Cichlids

Hello my name is Jay and i just got into the world of Cichlids i have had tropical fish all my life and i was looking for a fish with a little personality and individuality. after much debate i decided on a jewel, i was told that i got a male so i want to get him a female, he was very depressed at the pet store and i want to restore his confidence and color. how can i tell the difference between male and female..for all i know i might not even have a male now.

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my fish was in a tank with lots of other larger fish so i was told he would need TLC to get back to normal. i hear jewel's are very aggressive but mine is scared and very timid..is there any hope?
 

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is he in a tank of his own?
what are his tankmates and what size of tank?
how planted/decorated is your tank?
because i was thinking that maybe he was uneasy with being in such an open space with nowhere to hide if theres not much there. im not much of a cichlid expert at all so these are only logical guesses. from what i do know however, jewels like their own company so if hes the only one perhaps this could be "depressing" him
 

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What other species do you keep with the Jewel cichlid? One small fish among several large fish is a bad idea IMO. I would imagine how it feels to be with large living things that are rather intimidating.

I merged your two threads as both are discussing the same topic.:)
 
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