Who C.A.R.E.S.? Hemichromis cristatus

Here is a little jewel cichlid that is listed on the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program priority list as being vulnerable.  They come from Nigeria, where their natural habitat is under siege by deforestation and oil drilling.  We are not entirely sure what the future hold for these fish, but he do know that they are infrequently exported (usually by accident as a different species).  They are the smallest of the red jewel cichlids, and have a unique red over yellow over red color pattern when spawning.  The fish in this video are not in their brightest coloration, but you can see the yellow stripe down the lateral line.  Enjoy…

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