My H. frempongi pair are breeding again. This is their second spawn. The first time around it was interesting to see how long they doggedly protected their fry. All of the other jewel cichlids I have kept tended to lose interest after 4-6 weeks, eat whatever fry were still around and then spawn again. This pair were still caring for their offspring twelve weeks after spawning, and the fry were starting to lose their juvenile color pattern. At the end there were only 10 juveniles left (because I had been removing them steadily over a couple months), but the parents would still come charging out to defend them when anyone would appear in front of their tank.
H. frempongi is a very aggressive 5-spot jewel cichlid that is endemic to Lake Bosumtwe in Ghana. Of the three 5-spot species (the other two are H. fasciatus and H. elongatus), this one is medium in size (the largest male I have ever seen was about 9″), the most ‘cleanly’ colorful and (in my opinion) the meanest. Establishing a pair requires a lot of fry to grow out and more than a little luck. I started with 24 one-inch fish, and six months later I was fortunate to have two left that were male and female… and not trying to kill each other. It still took another 4 months before they spawned for the first time.
When the pair does not have fry they are shy and hide a lot. When they have babies they are the polar opposite, as this video will show you. These have become my favorite cichlids in my fish room. They are entertaining, to say the least. Enjoy.