Fish Profile For Your Aquarium: What Is Julidochromis Transcriptus

Julidochromis transcriptus (87288 bytes)

Julidochromis transcriptus pictured.

  • Common Names: Location names are used in the place of common names.
  • Locations collected from: Pemba (Bemba), Kapampa in Congo, Kaku (Gombe), and Katoto.
  • Approximate Size: 2.5 – 3.5 inches.
  • Food: Not picky.  Mine eat flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, and mosquito larvae. They didn’t care for pellet food too much.
  • Water Conditions: Prefers a pH between 8.0 – 9+ and temperatures between 75 – 80 degrees F.
  • Breeding Behavior:  Egglayers.  Once they pair off and find a cave or similar area to spawn in they can be quite nasty towards other fish.  Only one pair per tank is recommended unless the tank is extremely large.  If you try more than one pair per tank I recommend at least a 5 foot long tank.  My pair have been spawning for 3 years now in a 20 gallon long tank with rocks and no tank mates.  They will leave the older fry alone until they reach about 1 inch or they feel that there are to many fish in the tank.  They have small spawns with the largest I have gotten being about 20.  There is a chance of crossbreeding between the different Julidochromis species so for breeding purposes 1 species per tank is recommended.
  • Tankmates I had mine in with Aulonocara hansbaenschi (Red Shoulder), Psuedotropheus elongatus “Yellow Tail Avanti”, and Psuedotropheus saulosi until they paired up and pinned the other fish in the corners of the 30 gallon tank.  They were then moved into a 20 gallon of their own.  I have seen them in with other Julidochromis species, Neolamprologus tretocephalus, Neolamprologus leleupi, Neolamprologus brichardi, Neolamprologus pulcher “Daffodil”, Eretmodus cyanostictus, and Synodontis species.

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