Hemichromis Fasciatus

Not a lot of people know about this fish, but their cousins the Jewel cichlid and the red Jewel.  They are the most aggressive out of the 3 and also one of the most aggressive cichlid known, they are up there with the Dovii in terms of aggression.  They are often called the “banded jewelfish” or “5 spot cichlid” because of the 5 spots on their body.

Keeping them is going to be tough because they will most likely kill everything you put in.  They will rarely accept tank mates when fully grown.  They are best alone or in a pair, but pairing is also hard and you need to pair them before they reach adulthood in order to increase the chance of success.  They are carnivores, they like a lot of meat so fresh or frozen food will be fine.  They have a lot of personality, they will not only come up for food when you feed them but they will flare at you and probably wants to fight you when they see you as well.  

This fish can get up to 12”-15” inches.  Once they reach the 4”-5” mark, that’s when all hell breaks loose!  People described them as psycho paths and a relentless fighter.  They are fast, very fast and they know how to use their agility to fight fish that are bigger than them.  Unlike most fish that likes to lock jaws, these fish will go for the tails, fins and gills.  

  • Scientific Name:  Hemichromis Fasciatus
  • Common Name:  Banded Jewelfish or 5 spot cichlid
  • Origin:  West Africa
  • Care Level:  Expert
  • Size of fish:  12-15 inches
  • Temperament:  Super Aggressive (warning)
  • Diet:  Carnivore
  • Temperature:  78-82 degrees F
  • PH Range:  7.0-8.0
  • Breeding:  Egg layer
  • Ideal Substrate:  Sand or Gravel
  • Water Region:  All parts of the tank

7 Comments on “Hemichromis Fasciatus

  1. I would love to get some stock from you. I’m in Los Angeles. Any way to make it work?

    If not, can you point me in the right direction?


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