Gombi Masked Julie Cichlid (Julidochromis transcriptus "Gombi") CareSheet
The Gombi Masked Julie Cichlid will flourish in an aquarium with cave-like rock heaps. The optimum substrate for this species is sand. Mature fish will often claim and defend a small area in the vicinity of their rock piles and caves. Because this cichlid prefers the middle and higher levels of the water column, it may frequently be housed (in a large tank) alongside Tanganyikan shell-eating species
that prefer the lower levels. Although this species is tiny, it may be aggressive against its own kind and similar fish that approach its habitat. During spawning, territoriality is usually at its height. The Gombi Masked Julie Cichlid should not be housed with dwarf shrimp or other tiny, sensitive invertebrates. If spawning is desired, other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided entirely unless the aquarium is large enough with enough of cover and decoration.
The Gombi Masked Julie Cichlid is a fuss-free feeder. Dry, frozen, and live meaty items of high quality will all be welcomed. This species should not be fed dry items entirely since quality and diversity are the keys to a diet that will guarantee that it maintains maximum health and color. It is largely a carnivore, although it needs some vegetable flake food
in its diet as well.
Requirements for keeping Julidochromis transcriptus "Gombi"
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
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
pH Range: 7.8-9.0
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What is Julidochromis transcriptus?
Julidochromis transcriptus, also known as the masked Julie cichlid, is a small freshwater fish species endemic to Lake Tanganyika in Africa. It is prized for its gray body accented with interesting black and white facial markings that resemble a mask.
What is their natural habitat?
In the wild, Julidochromis transcriptus inhabits rocky shorelines and reefs in Lake Tanganyika, dwelling within holes and crevices. They only leave their shelter to feed.
What does Julidochromis transcriptus eat?
Masked Julie cichlids are carnivores that feed on small worms, insect larvae, and microcrustaceans in their native habitat. In home aquariums they readily accept live or frozen foods like brine shrimp and quality flake foods.
What size tank do they need?
A minimum 30 gallon aquarium is recommended for Julidochromis transcriptus. Provide plenty of rocky structures and crevices to mimic their natural environment and make them feel secure.
Are they suitable for community tanks?
No, masked Julie cichlids are too territorial and aggressive for community settings. They should be kept singly or in pairs in a species-only tank. Tankmates are generally not recommended.
How big do masked Julie cichlids get?
In home aquariums, Julidochromis transcriptus typically reaches about 3 inches (8 cm) in length when fully grown and properly cared for. Males tend to be slightly larger than females.
There are currently 6 formally described species in this genus: