Name: Julidochromis ornatus|
Origin: Lake Tanganyika (Africa)|
I own a pair of these fish and have them in my 680 liter with several other cichlids. Very peaceable fish that likes to "hang" in the plants and near rocks. I would recommend rock structures that have holes and caves for them to dart in and out of and to hide.
I had one of these in my 150 liter community tank. Great fish, stayed on the bottom and didn't bother the others unless they came down by him (her?). Then I bought 3 Bumblebee Gobies, not realizing that they always rest on the bottom of the tank. Big mistake! But the Bumbles were so cute that I sent the julie back to the fish store. Make sure you know "where" your fish like to hang out in the tank. I would like to get another one in the future, though. Great personality...
I managed to find some nice golden yellow ones, as opposed the inbred washed out kinds. Since they are costly, I suggest starting with no more than 3-4. They love to make their home in overturned flower pots with punched entrance holes. Unfortunately, for me, once a couple had formed, the newlyweds chased the remaining others into a corner of the aquarium and the resulting stress eventually led to their demise, so only the couple remained.
Juli's (Ornatus) are great parents. Very few, if any, fry will ever disappear. If you have more than one hatch in the tank, the older group helps the parents look after the youngest. Be careful though, populations can grow very rapidly!
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