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Red Forest Jewel is one of the most spectacular aquarium fish in regards to their magnificent colours. They are in the cichlid family. Red Forest Jewel's colours will become even brighter at spawning time with the female turning darker. Coburg Aquarium's Live Cichlid Fish and Aquarium Products shipped to your door.

Please Note: Livestock and Live Plants cannot be shipped to WA and TAS due to State Restrictions. All other states are OK. 

Features of Red Forest Jewel:

  • Red Forest Jewel are native to Central Africa
  • They have iridescent green to blue spotting on a bright red base coloration. Black spots on their operculum
  • They will become aggressive when they nest and eventually lay eggs
  • The typical lifespan of a Jewel Cichlid is up to 5 or 6 years


Red Forest Jewel: Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Red Forest Jewel:

They should be kept in the largest possible tank, with a recommended size of about 200L. Tank size can vary greatly depending on how big or small the fish is and how many you plan to stock in the tank. 

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Red Forest Jewel Tank Mate Compatibility:

The best tank mates are non aggressive African cichlids but also they mix well with mildly aggressive American cichlid varieties. Some compatible tank mates that you can add along:

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Red Forest Jewel Food :

The Red Forest Jewel is an omnivore and should be fed a variety of foods, Cichlid Fish Food can be :


Red Forest Jewel Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Jewel Cichlids are very messy, so a powerful external filter will do the job. Make sure the filter matches with your tank size. Here are some great ones to consider:

Plants in Cichild Fish Tank

Aquatic Plants are beneficial in helping to maintain good water quality and adding enrichment to a fish’s diet. Interested in Live Plants for your aquariums? Click here to see more Fish Live Plant 

Aquarium Decorations

One must is to add some large rocks and driftwoods to mimic their natural habitat of rivers, streams, etc. Other Ideal Ornaments for your tank could be:

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Jewel Cichlids prefer soft lighting.  Click the link here and choose the right light for your tank.

Aquarium Substrate

Sandy bottom tanks are very ideal for the cichlid. A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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Sharon C.
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Red Forest Jewel cichlids

fantastic i now have a 4ft tank full of red forest jewel fry...cheers