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Hi all, I bought an awesome-looking cichlid from the LFS, and it was sold under an incorrect name (go figure). I can't figure out ...
Hi all, I bought an awesome-looking cichlid from the LFS, and it was sold under an incorrect name (go figure). I can't figure out for myself what kind of cichlid it is, the closest I've found is a nanochromis of some type, but only in general body shape... never seen a pic with this coloration. Any help would be much appreciated!
That's Julidochromis marlieri. It's an African cichlid from Lake Tanganyika. It will get to be about 3" long and needs to be in at least a 20g tank. It should have hard water and a high pH between 8 and 9 in order to thrive. It's mostly herbivorous so it should be fed a spirulina based flake or pellet as a staple. It can be an aggressive fish. It may also eat your plants.
Thanks batman! I've got him/her in a 55 gal, and I was pretty sure it was an African Cichlid of some type as thats the section of the LFS I bought it from (and wanted)... I keep the tank at a pH of ~8.1. Only one other African cichlid in there so far, somewhat smaller than him/her, but I haven't witnessed any aggression between the two as of yet.
I wasn't aware of it being herbivorous though, I do occasionally put algae pellets in there but I'll step up and expand the veggie diet! Only plastic plants in the tank, so no worries there :) Thanks again for the I.D.!