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Five Star General Cichlid - Hemichromis elongatus - Juvenile

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Originating from rivers from Guinea to Angola in Western Africa, Hemichromis elongatus is similar in appearance to other Jewel Cichlids H. fasciatus and H. frempongi. It is attractive with golden-brown or olive coloration and black bars from the eyes to the base of the tail. A magenta spot decorates each gill plate. This fish is known as both the "Five Star General Cichlid" and the "Banded Jewel Cichlid" (one of several species with that common name).

Cichlids from the Hemichromis genus are collectively known as the "Jewel Cichlids". Many species look similar and this combined with many line-bred variants and crossbreeds can lead to some confusion with regards to identification and common names. They are found in west Africa in a variety of environments and are fairy undemanding with water requirements though they can be sensitive to high pH.

Jewel Cichlids can be fairly aggressive compared to their size. They are known fin-nippers and may prey on small fish. A group of juveniles can be kept in a large aquarium but a male/female pair is best kept in a species-only aquarium or with other large fish of a simlar temperament as they will aggressively guard their territory. The coloration of both the female and especially the male intensified during the breeding season.

These cichlids are omnivores and will eat a variety of foods. They can be fed appropriately-size flakes (as juveniles) or pellets as well as supplements of meaty frozen foods and vegetation. Spawning occurs after an environmental trigger, namely a temperature change that replicates the rainy season in their natural environment. Eggs will be laid on a flat surface and defended by both parents.

Specifications

Specifications
MPN
0225-jewel
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameFive Star General Cichlid - Juv.
Scientific NameHemichromis elongatus
Originwestern and central Africa
Max Size (in inches)7
Community SafeNo
pH Range6.0-7.5
DietOmnivore
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
Temperature Range76-82
DifficultyEasy
Internal Id
31927

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