Marlieri cichlid - Julidochromis marlieri
Scientific name: Julidochromis marlieri
Common name: Marlieri cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 12 - 15 cm (4.72 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 8 - 8.9
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 18 - 30°N (321.43 - 535.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 77°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
In the wild Marlieri cichlid prey on small aquatic snails, in the aquarium their diet should consist of meaty foods like mysis, Cyclops and brine shrimp. For the larger specimens chopped freshwater shrimp is also ideal.
Africa; this species is found in Lake Tanganyika.
It is believed that the females are slightly larger than the males.
It is best to buy these fish as a group and allow a pair to form, when this has happened, remove the other fish. They are secretive cave spawners so prepare the tank with rock work and caves ready for the spawnings. When the pair start to defend their territory it is likely that eggs have, or will be laid. Adding newly hatched brine shrimp will increase the chances of the fry surviving.
The expected life span of Julidochromis marlieri is 5-8 years.
To get the best coloration from Julidochromis marlieri add plenty of rock work to the tank. Use a fine substrate to prevent any fry from getting trapped in larger gravel pieces.
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