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Brown julie - Julidochromis dickfeldi

Brown julie - Julidochromis dickfeldi

Scientific name: Julidochromis dickfeldi

Common name: Brown julie

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 9 - 10 cm (3.54 - 3.94 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7.8 - 8.9

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 18 - 30°N (321.43 - 535.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 27 °C (75.2 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Brown julie’s tend to hover at the bottom of the tank during feeding, they will accept quality flakes, sinking pellets and blood worms. The adults also relish a treat of cyclopeeze when added to the tank.


Africa; this species is found in Lake Tanganyika.


It is believed that the females are slightly larger than the males; this has yet to be proven.


Brown julie’s need caves and rock work in the tank to provide spawning sites, they will move the substrate in the caves ready for the eggs. The eggs will be laid inside the cave, usually underneath the top. This sometimes makes it hard to view the eggs but the fish will guard them very well, attacking any would be predators. The fry are very small when they hatch so should be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or Infusoria. As they fish develop, the juveniles will also play their part in looking after future batches of eggs.


The expected life span for Julidochromis dickfeldi is 7 years.

Short description

Julidochromis dickfeldi do not require a large tank, once they have established their territories, they rarely venture away from them. It is best to keep these as a species tank.


On March 25th 2011 the following question was added here due to merging with related pages.Which fish are compatible with Julidochromis Dickfeldi?Answer: These fish are African cichlids, they are found in Lake Tanganyika so should be kept with cichlids from the same lake. Peacocks are a good example.


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