overviewThe Julido Marlieri Cichlid is a tank-raised species which originates from the rocky shorelines of Lake Tanganyika, Africa. They have an elongated body with alternating white and black spots and stripes. Other than the yellow pectoral fins, their fins are outlined in both black, and a semitransparent electric blue color which adds to the appeal of these fish.
The Julido Marlieri Cichlid is ideally kept in a 30-gallon or larger aquarium decorated with plenty of rocks and caves in order to provide adequate hiding places for these territorial fish. They prefer hard water with an alkalinity of 10 to 20 dKH and a pH of 8.0 to 9.0. In order to maintain these conditions, it is best to provide a substrate consisting of aragonite. The aragonite substrate can be mixed with darker gravel to reduce glare from the lighting.
Julido Marlieri Cichlids are relatively easy to breed. It is best to incorporate 6 or 8 of this species in the aquarium to allow them to pair off. They will begin to pair once they have reached the age of about 1 year. They are a cave spawning species, and will disappear for a few days in which time they lay their eggs upon the side or ceiling of the cave. Feed the fry baby brine shrimp and finely ground flake food.
The Julido Marlieri Cichlid should be given a diet containing mostly vegetable-based foods, supplemented with meaty type foods. Feed with a quality vegetable-based flake food, algae, and other foods designed for African Cichlids.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-1/2"