Julidochromis regani information and care sheet
Julidochromis regani, also referred to as Regan's julie cichlid or the zebra julie, is a small freshwater species endemic to Lake Tanganyika in Africa. This dwarf cichlid is characterized by its tan to brown body color patterned with interesting dark vertical barring reminiscent of a zebra stripe pattern.
In their natural habitat, J. regani inhabits rocky regions close to shore, spending most of the day secreted away within small crevices and holes. At night they emerge to feed on tiny prey like insect larvae and zooplankton. Males are highly territorial and aggressive toward intruders.
Regan's julie cichlid reaches lengths of around 3 inches as adults. Sexual dimorphism is apparent, with males exhibiting more intense coloration and longer dorsal and anal fins used for displays. Females tend to be slightly smaller in size.
In home aquariums, provide these cichlids with plenty of rockwork and hiding places. While peaceful toward tankmates, conspecific aggression is common so they are best kept singly or in pairs. A 30 gallon tank mimicking Lake Tanganyika's alkaline water is ideal.
Though demanding in terms of habitat setup, the striking colors and behaviors of Julidochromis regani make them interesting aquarium residents for experienced cichlid keepers. Their vertical barred pattern is truly unique among Lake Tanganyika's diminutive julie cichlids.
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Requirements for keeping Julidochromis regani
Quick Facts on Julidochromis regani
Common Name: Regan's Julie Cichlid
Scientific Name: Julidochromis regani
Species: Freshwater fish
Origin: Lake Tanganyika in Africa
Size: Up to 3 inches (8 cm)
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Aggressive, territorial
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
pH Range: 7.8-9.0
What is Julidochromis regani?
Julidochromis regani is a small cichlid species endemic to Lake Tanganyika in Africa. Also known as Regan's julie cichlid or the zebra julie, it gets its name from the vertical barred pattern on its body resembling zebra stripes.
What is their natural habitat?
In the wild, Julidochromis regani inhabits rocky regions close to shore in Lake Tanganyika. They spend most of their time hiding within small crevices and only emerge at night to feed.
What does the zebra julie cichlid eat?
Julidochromis regani are carnivores that feed on tiny prey like copepods, insect larvae, and zooplankton in their native habitat. In captivity they readily accept live foods and protein-rich flakes or pellets.
What size tank do they need?
A minimum 30 gallon aquarium with ample rockwork and hiding places is recommended for Julidochromis regani. They are territorial and need their own space.
What are their care requirements?
Regan's julie cichlid thrives in clean, alkaline water with a pH around 8.0-9.0. The temperature should be 76-82°F and general hardness kept moderately high.
How big do zebra julie cichlids grow?
In home aquariums, Julidochromis regani typically reaches about 3 inches (8 cm) in length when fully grown and properly cared for.
There are currently 6 formally described species in this genus: