Name: Julidochromis dickfeldi
Origin: Lake Tanganyika (Africa)
These guys are extremely aggressive towards each other, but to no one else really. I got them at about 4 cm, and now my biggest male is almost 15 cm. He can keep up with all my other big guys in my 200 litre tank, with elongatus, peacocks, hap ahli's and fish a lot bigger. They are good for show tanks when they get bigger and nicer, but I don't recommend keeping adult males together.
I have three Julidochromis dickfeldi in a 130 L tank. I've had them for almost a year now and they have given me 2 sets of fry. The first fry just vanished and the second is quite small, so I'm assuming they eat their own fry. I have two males and 1 female. The smallest of the males stays with my brichardis now, because the breeding pair casted him out. They seem quite peaceful except around their cave area. They seem to prefer digging their own caves under rocks, rather than stay in pots and artificial caves.
I have two of these fish in my 120 cm African tank, and they live very well with the other fish in my tank, most of which are almost 4 times their size! I have found that these fish do not take ammonia or nitrite spikes kindly. I used to have three, and one day when I was re-arranging the rocks in my tank, I accidentally stirred up a lot of left-over food that was sitting on the gravel, under the rocks that I hadn't noticed (I was rather negligent with gravel vacuuming back then). I scooped it all out with a net, and performed a 50% water change on the tank. But that night, I noticed that one of my Julies was sitting on the bottom of the tank on its side, gasping for air, all its beautiful patterning had gone, and it was a plain, bland looking whitish-yellow. I searched around the tank, and quickly found the smallest of the three, doing exactly the same thing. And then the largest one came darting out of a rock pile, but it couldn't swim properly, it was kind of hopping through the water, and then it sunk back to the bottom too. I quickly moved all three of them out of the tank and into a 60 cm one that I had set up for my Johanni Fry. Unfortunately, I found the medium-sized one (the one I found first) dead the next morning, but the other two were recovered. I moved them back to the main tank, and they are both living very happily now. Moral of the story, be sure always to scoop out excess food, and vacuum the gravel regularly. These fish are very interesting, they always stay near rocks, and can (and do) swim backwards and upside down! Very funny little things! I would recommend these fish to anyone, as long as they vacuum their gravel regularly!
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