Fish Index: How To Care Julidochromis Dickfeldi In Your Aquarium


Julidochromis dickfeldi

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Julidochromis dickfeldi female pictured.

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  • Locations collected from: Found between Cape Kachese (Zambia) and Moliro (Congo).
  • Approximate Size: Females reach 4 – 4.5 inches with males reaching 3 – 3.5 inches.  This is one of the few African Cichlids where the female reaches a larger adult size than the males.
  • Food: Will eat flake, spirulina, brine shrimp, daphnia, and mosquito larvae without problems.  I never tried pellet foods with them.
  • Water Conditions: Likes a pH between 7.8 and 9+ and a temperature between 75 and 82 degrees.
  • Breeding Behavior:  Egglayer.  They spawn on the sides of rocks and in caves and will chase other fish from their territory to protect the fry. Will occasionally allow other fish to remain in the same tank with them and their fry.  They have slightly larger spawns than Julidochromis transcripts (25 – 30 versus about 20 for transcriptus).  In my experience the female was more aggressive and did more guarding of the territory than the male.  There is a chance of crossbreeding between the different Julidochromis species so for breeding purposes 1 species per tank is recommended.
  • Tankmates:  I’ve seen them kept with Iodotropheus sprengerae(Rusty), Psuedotropheus demasoni, Labidochromis caeruleus, Neolamprologus leleupi, Neolamprologus cylindricus, Neolamprologus pulcher “Daffodil”, Neolamprologus brichardi, Neolamprologus tretocephalus, Lamprologus caudopunctatus, Lamprologus brevis, Altolamprologus compressiceps, Altolamprologus calvus, Synodontis petricola, Haplochromis nublila, Pundamilia nyererei, and other Julidochromis species. 

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