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Dickfeld's Julie Cichlid Julidochromis dickfeldi, also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Dickfeld's Julie cichlid, is a stunning dwarf cichlid species endemic to Lake Tanganyika in Africa. Named after German aquarist Wolfgang Dickfeld who first imported the species in the 1970s, J. dickfeldi stands out thanks to its attractive facial patterning.

These small cichlids reach lengths of 2.5-3 inches as adults. They exhibit a light gray base body color with elegant peach and light blue markings on the face. Brilliant cyan dots run along the dorsal fin. Males develop impressive trailing dorsal fin extensions.

In the wild, Dickfeld's Julie cichlid inhabits rocky lake bed areas near the shoreline of northern Lake Tanganyika. They spend most of their time hiding within small crevices and only venture out to feed on tiny invertebrates.

The species is best maintained in a species-only aquarium of at least 30 gallons containing plenty of rocky structures. They can be aggressive toward tankmates but do well in pairs or trios. Provide a diet rich in meaty frozen and live foods to bring out their colors.

While demanding in terms of aquarium setup, Julidochromis dickfeldi is worth the effort for dedicated cichlid enthusiasts. Their vibrant colors, interesting behaviors, and unique facial patterning make them a prized addition to Lake Tanganyika biotope setups. With proper care, this endangered species can thrive in home aquariums.

Requirements for keeping Julidochromis dickfeldi

Common Name: Dickfeld's Julie Cichlid
Scientific Name: Julidochromis dickfeldi
Species: Freshwater fish
Origin: Lake Tanganyika in Africa
Size: Up to 3 inches (8 cm)
Care Level: Moderate to high
Temperament: Territorial, aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Temperature: 76-82°F
pH Range: 7.8-9.0

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What is Julidochromis dickfeldi?

Julidochromis dickfeldi, also known as Dickfeld's Julie cichlid, is a small freshwater fish species endemic to Lake Tanganyika in Africa. It is prized for its gray body accented with elegant peach and blue markings on the face. Males also develop extended dorsal fins.

What is the habitat of Julidochromis dickfeldi?

In the wild, Julidochromis dickfeldi inhabits rocky shorelines and reefs in the northern end of Lake Tanganyika. They dwell within small caves and crevices, only leaving their shelters to feed.

What does Dickfeld's Julie cichlid eat?

Julidochromis dickfeldi are carnivores that feed on small worms, insect larvae, and microcrustaceans in their natural habitat. In captivity they readily accept brine shrimp, bloodworms, mysis shrimp and quality cichlid flakes.

What size tank do they need?

A 30 gallon aquarium with plenty of rockwork is recommended to provide adequate territory and security for Dickfeld's Julie cichlid. The tank should mimic their natural environment.

Are they suitable for community aquariums?

No, J. dickfeldi are too aggressive and territorial for community tanks. They should be kept alone or in pairs in a species-only tank. Tankmates are generally not recommended.

How large do they grow?

In home aquariums, Julidochromis dickfeldi typically reaches about 3 inches (8 cm) in length when mature. Well-fed males will be slightly larger than females.

There are currently 6 formally described species in this genus:

Julidochromis dickfeldi
Julidochromis marksmithi
Julidochromis marlieri
Julidochromis ornatus
Julidochromis regani
Julidochromis transcriptus