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Julidochromis ornatus ”Zambia”

Julidochromis ornatus ”Zambia”

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Julidochromis ornatus is a Tanganyikan cichlid that reaches 3" in length, making it one of the smaller "Julies." They sport a torpedo-shaped body with three horizontal black lines running from their face to their tail. They can be distinguished from other Julies by a large black spot on the caudal fin. Their body color is ivory though some populations have a golden hue to them. They inhabit rocky areas of the lake and can often be seen hovering upside-down below a rocky outcropping. Julies make for an excellent candidate for a breeder looking to try Tanganyikan cichlids, as they are cave spawners and tend to produce quite a few fry, which they raise for several weeks. Sexing is nearly impossible, so young groups should be kept together until they pair off.

Scientific Name: Julidochromis ornatus

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Max Size: 3"

pH: 7.5-8.6

Hardness: Hard

Temperature: 70-82°

Aggressiveness: Semi-Aggressive

Region of Origin: Lake Tanganyika, Africa

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