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African Jewel Cichlid

Hemichromis bimaculatus

Description:

Male

Habitat:

Suburban canals in shallow water amongst dense submersed vegetation and mud/silt bottom

Notes:

An extremely territorial and aggressive fish, it will readily kill any other fish in an aquarium. In Florida, this fish is an invasive species released into the waterways by aquarists or escaped from fish farms. The population of these guys in Weston has exploded ever since all the peacock bass were wiped out by the cold snap in 2009. Guess they were the only things keeping them in check around here. Now I pull one in every other swipe of a dip net

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gabe.somarriba
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gabe.somarriba

Weston, Florida, USA

Spotted on Nov 21, 2012
Submitted on Nov 21, 2012

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