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cmc29 02-02-2011 11:25 PM

Julidochromis Transcriptus Bemba fry...yayy!!i love these dwarf african cichlids
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:-DI posted a thread less than a month ago about my newly purchased julidochromis transcriptus bemba dwarf cichlids. I keep my pair in a 29 gallon tank with a RTS and kuhli loaches. I keep live plants in the setup as well, with a low light setup. I have several caves in the setup, and the pair of cichlids keep the shark well away from "their cave". I plan to remove the RTS soon now that i've seen my first fry. It's worth mentioning that today is the fist time i've seen them and it was at feeding time in the evening. The parents were close by. They are very very protective. I'm feeding brine shrimp and blended mysis shrimp. I'm not sure if the fry were eating, but they certaiinly are getting the opportunity. At first i thought they were just some brine shrimp, but they were swimming!! I was very excited, especially since i've only had them in the setup for less than a month!! We spotted 5-7 fry at once....they are very fast. My wife did manage to get some snapshots of them. They are not very big in the picture, but if you look closely you can see 2 in one of the pictures. You can see the stripes on them. I have no idea on how old they are...i'd be interested if anyone has any imput on age of the fry i'd appreciate it. Anyways, if anyone keeps these or is interested in them feel free to post questions or comments, thanks everyone: here's the pics. The last photo is of one of the adults.

@ aunt kymmie...remember if these fry survive and my JTB's continue to produce you'll have to help take some off my hands...

Plumkin 02-03-2011 01:26 AM

I would love some if they survive! =]

Grimmjow 02-03-2011 04:39 AM

Sooo jealous, I love those fish.

aunt kymmie 02-03-2011 10:54 AM

Wow, that was fast! Your pair wasted no time at all on getting down to business. Congrats! I can't wait to take some off your hands. :-)

cmc29 02-03-2011 04:55 PM

I'm glad to see there are people willing to help me with good homes for the fry. Now i guess we'll see if/how many survive. I counted 7 at once five minutes ago. I've read many conflicting reports online as to the number of fry they produce at once. There were four just hovering over a large flat rock underneath the larger of the two adults, while 3 more were nearby always close to the surface. The RTS was hovering high above...far to smart to go near the lower portions of that side of the tank(he's been warned with extreme prejudice before). The parents also got all over a kuhli loach that got near their cave. I'm taking the RTS out tonight or tomorrow, i've already found him a new home. but i'm still debating the fates of the kuhlis, they are great fish. I think i need to rehouse them also though. As long as everyone stays on their proper side in the tank everything is quite peaceful. These fish are great little parents; ever vigilante and ready to pounce on an intruder...remarkable really.

I'm going to try to track the fry growth rates on this thread to see how quickly they can get large enough to find new homes. They've got a tough road'll see how hardy these guys are and how quickly they grow if they survive.

LasColinasCichlids 02-03-2011 05:24 PM

They are the cutest little things!!! With their big heads as fry they almost look like puffers, LOL!!! Congrats again!!!

Calmwaters 02-04-2011 07:08 PM

Very nice fish and congrats on the fry!

cmc29 02-08-2011 12:44 AM

Still seeing the swimming fry. They are spreading out a little bit around the cave, but i'm not noticing growth yet, but it's only been a few days. The red tailed shark has found a good home, and i'm going to be taking the kuhli loaches to my LFS for some store credit. Then i need to pick up some algae eaters for the tank that won't bother the fry, but won't get beaten down either. Ii've got options; i'm lucky my lfs rocks. More updates to come.

bearwithfish 02-08-2011 02:00 PM

transcriptus eat algae dont they? you may not need an extra at all... but back on topic beautiful little fishy's you got there!!!!

aunt kymmie 02-08-2011 11:17 PM


Originally Posted by bearwithfish (Post 584567)
transcriptus eat algae dont they? you may not need an extra at all... but back on topic beautiful little fishy's you got there!!!!

Aren't they? I love these fish. I may be a grandma sooner than I thought. :-)
I didn't know Bembas eat algae?? If so, that's always a good thing.

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