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actionman
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PostPosted: 2003.09.10(Wed)4:32    Post subject: Julidochromis dickfieldi Reply with quote

I was just wondering if anyone has had any prior experience with Julidochromis dickfieldi and if they could tell me if I can have tankmates with them and what it takes for them to breed for example habitat. Anything will help becuase I just want to do my homework before I purchase some.

thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.10(Wed)7:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

What would you like to know?
They form a single pair, but you cannot buy one female and one male and be certain they will pair up.
pH needs to be over 7.0 , GH and KH should be 10 or higher.

Aggressive to any fish that looks or acts ;ike them... seen them attack a SAE pretty violently!

Can be kept with many other fish including non cichlids.
Have kept them with danios, black neons,

(right now and this is a total secret because it s a big nono, I have a julie in with a birchardi and an apistogramma. )

So as you can see tank mates can vary...
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PostPosted: 2003.09.11(Thu)1:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the interesting info, also if I wanted to breed them would it be better to put breeding shells or clay pots into the tank people say one is better than the other, if they have spawned in your tank could you tell me where, in a cave or in hollow driftwood for example.

thanks again.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.11(Thu)8:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julies are not cave spawners. You can probably find a million people who will say they are but in a tank on their own, given the choice between caves, wood and large flat stones stacked on top of each other with pebbles to seperate.. Julies choose the crevices without fail.

They are a crevice breeder and the more crevices you can provide the better.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.12(Fri)1:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that explains why they spend so much time in the nooks an cranies of my mates tank, is there a way to get them to swim in the open water more, like putting extra plants or rocks in the tank??
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PostPosted: 2003.09.12(Fri)7:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope... these fish are called rock huggers. They keep their belly to a rock. The only way to see them more is to have more rocks.
I place large , thin flat rocks at angles so they explore. It at least lets me see them.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.14(Sun)0:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I guess I will have to do that then and hope for the best.

thanks for all your help Very Happy
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