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Convict Julie - Julidochromis regani

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The Convict Julie (Julidochromis regani) has a torpedo-shaped slender body with alternating black and light tan horizontal stripes.

Julies require a deep, soft substrate and lots of rocks. They will stay toward the bottom of the aquarium, usually hovering over their "territory". Any fish that stays toward the top should be a good tankmate, as well as other Tanganyikans of similar aggression. Julies are substrate spawners and form pairs and both will guard the eggs and fry. These pairs are delicate, and should not be disturbed or disrupted as it may cause aggression to erupt between them.


Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika can be divided into several main varieties. Some of the most popular are the shell-dwellers and torpedo-like bottom-dwellers from the genera Lamprologus, Neolamprologus, Altolamprologus and Julidochromis. These fish are very similar and the scientific classification of some, especially the Neo/Alto/Lamprologus cichlids, have been reclassified often in recent years. Cichlids from the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis genera are open-water sardine-like fish usually found in schools in their native lake. Tropheus cichlids and the “Frontosa's” from genus Cyphotilapia are popular large cichlids that seem beastly in comparison to the tiny "Lamps" and "Julies". Other types of Tanganyikan cichlids include goby-like bottom-dwellers and fish known to sift through mouthfuls of substrate. Many regional variants exist in these groups.

The water chemistry in the African rift lakes is notoriously unique. Lake Tanganyika is particularly hard with a very high pH, although many fish that have been captive-bred may be acclimated to more moderate conditions similar to those in Lake Victoria or Lake Malawi. As many Tanganyikan cichlids are sensitive to water quality and changes in water quality, make sure conditions are stable.

Decor for a Tanganyikan aquarium should provide rockwork for the cichlids to hide in and around and can be created using tufa rock or lava rock. As most species sift through the substrate, open areas should also be provided. Tanks housing open-water or larger species should be more sparsely decorated. The substrate for these aquariums should be fine and smooth-edged; whitish coral sand or black buffered substrate is popular. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums.

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Specifications
MPN
L90 0022 0692
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameConvict Julie
Scientific NameJulidochromis regani
OriginLake Tanganyika (Africa)
Max Size (in inches)5
Community SafeYes, with extreme caution (African cichlids only)
pH Range8.2-9.2
DietOmnivore
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
Temperature Range76-80
DifficultyEasy
Internal Id
27243

State Restrictions
Alaska
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
California
Hawaii
Puerto Rico

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