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My first pair of cichlids: julidochromis transcriptus bemba a couple of ?'s

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Old 02-03-2011, 06:23 PM   #11
 
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Thank you, i'm going to track the growth rates on the other thread; and see if/ how many survive to be big enough to rehouse.
Awesome, i will go and subscribe to the other thread so I can keep track of your posting updates!!!
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:15 PM   #12
 
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Has anyone kept these? And if so, what is your experience with them?
I'm having trouble finding a profile. I'd like to find out about breeding conditions.
I think the pair may be spawning, but i'm unsure as i've never kept them before. They kinda share a cave a lot of the time rubbing each other aqainst the rocks, when they're not chasing off the red tail shark in the tank. \
Any information would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance
I have kept basically the whole family of Julidochromis from Lake Tanganika when I was in Calgary Alberta Canada. I do not know your water parameters as to hardness, ph etc. and other things going on in your aquarium. Julidochromis are basically rock cichlids that love a lot of hiding places in the tank for the young.

The Julidochromis Family can raise their young in the tank by themselves they tend to be a lot like the Lamprologus Brichardi family by raising fry together as a group. Imagine older brothers and sisters raising the new group of fry.

When Breeding and looking after their families Julidochromis can be very agressive towards other species a good idea may be to remove the shark in the aquarium as they may kill other tank inhabitants including other cichlids.

The Transcriptus is often known as the Masked Julie

Here is some really good information on The Transcriptus.

Fish Profile for Masked Julie (Julidochromis transcriptus)

The Bemba part is the Population terms of the area of which the individuals were found in the lake. There are many different populations of various Tanganikan Species that have different names for the area of the lake that they are collected.

Here are some great video footage of the Lake Tanganika that is on You Tube.. For an idea of their ecosystem

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Hope this provides you with information :)

Fan4guppy but I raised african cichlids for many years in the hobby :)

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Old 02-04-2011, 10:00 PM   #13
 
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Thanks for all the useful info and video links. I have my tank setup with lots of caves and i removed the RTS yesterday. The julies have excavated some sand close to "their cave" forming semi walls around it. The p.h. is 7.6 and tank has been established for the 3 years with the julies coming last month and then producing fry this month. I have another thread going where i hope to track the growth rates of the fry. Thanks again for the info
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Thanks for all the useful info and video links. I have my tank setup with lots of caves and i removed the RTS yesterday. The julies have excavated some sand close to "their cave" forming semi walls around it. The p.h. is 7.6 and tank has been established for the 3 years with the julies coming last month and then producing fry this month. I have another thread going where i hope to track the growth rates of the fry. Thanks again for the info
I will give you a little tip on Julidochromis that I learned too in regards to the chemistry, it has got to do with optinum water parametres that has to do with their breeding and fry. If you noticed on the link that I provided earlier they tend to like higher ph values around the 8.2 to 8.4 so you may want to find a way of buffering your water to this level without causing level spikes and falls in your water. Which is about half way in regards to the water chemistry parameters given on that chart. I would not do this with their current spawn but keep this in mind for future spawns and adjust the ph up slowly through probably the means of adjusting chemical hardness and salinity.

I also had believe it or not Valsneria in my tank with some aquarium Salt added but this would involve knowing your Carbonate Hardness involved in maganesium and other mineral levels.

As I said before when in Calgary I kept these fish as they adapted so well to the hardness and water parametres of that water.

I do wish you luck with the Julidochromis Transcriptus :) The species is one of my favorite Julidochromis...
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