VIDEO – Below Water Profiles Hemichromis exsul

19 Dec, 2019

An exceptional pair of Hemichromis exsul puts on a show for viewers of Below Water's new fish profile video series.

An exceptional pair of Hemichromis exsul puts on a show for viewers of Below Water’s new fish profile video series.

AMAZONAS contributor and founder of the Canadian aquarium fish importer Below Water, Oliver Lucanus, has launched a new project; concise video profiles of unique and rare freshwater fishes.

Arguably, Lucanus couldn’t have chosen a more lust-worthy example to kick off his series than an off-the-beaten-path species of Jewel Cichlid. While aquarists young and old are likely to equate anything “Jewel Cichlid” as being the Devil incarnate in fish-form, or a fish that is glorious in pictures but seldom looks that way in a dealer’s tanks, Lucanus reminds us that there are many unique species of Jewel Cichlid that when properly cared for will be the stars of their aquarium.

The female Hemichromis exsul tends a clutch; watch the videos to see their broodcare behavior.

The female Hemichromis exsul tends a clutch; watch the videos to see their broodcare behavior.

Enter Hemichromis exsul, the Lake Turkana Jewel Cichlid from Kenya. This species looks especially enchanting with its unique solid red body and blue-spangled, black-edged fins. We won’t give away the details of the video as Lucanus introduces this beautiful fish, so instead, we’ll simply note that Aquarium Glaser GmbH reported that this species “stays rather small and [is] very peaceful – at least for a red jewel cichlid.”

We’re eagerly awaiting what comes next…any guesses?

Watch Part I

Watch Part 2

Video & Image Credits

Below Water / Oliver Lucanus on YouTube 

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Matt Pedersen
Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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