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Julidochromis transcriptus (Masked Julie)

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Julidochromis transcriptus is a small, cylindrical Tanganyikan cichlid available in a variety of geographical morphs. The basic form is essentially yellow with chocolate brown markings on the body and electric blue edges to the fins. The "Kissi" form has a pale white underside, whereas the "Gombi" form has stronger bars on the flanks. Because all varieties will interbreed, it is important to keep them separate.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Essentially a hardy, peaceful Tanganyikan ideally suited to community tanks. Generally ignores dissimilar tankmates, but is aggressively territorial towards conspecifics and likely other Julidochromis.

Prefers an environment with lots of rocks and other hiding places. Doesn't dig much, so can also be combined with plants.

Feeding is unproblematic: will accept dried, frozen and flake foods. Primarily carnivorous, and appreciates small meaty food items. Brine shrimp and daphnia are especially welcomed.

Cave spawners; pairs become territorial around the chosen cave and will lay a very small clutch of eggs, often as few as twenty eggs. These hatch after about a week or so, and once free swimming the fry will immediately accept brine shrimp nauplii.

Family Group: African Cichlids
Distribution Africa: Lake Tanganyika
Temperature 24-28 C
Size 7.5 cm
Water Parameters Hard, alkaline water essential
Water PH 7.5-8.5
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Water Chemistry More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Schooling Fish No
Sociability Peaceful