Physical description: A fish similar in body shape to
J. ornatus, although adults develop a hump
on their forehead, and the lips are of their mouth are considerably larger.
The caudal fin is fan-shaped.
background color is generally beige to a dull yellow-gold, with three to four brown-black lateral stripes.
these stripes are five to eight faint, brown transverse bars, that together form a "Checkerboard" pattern.
these stripes and bars vary in intensity and size depending on the individual.
The fins have a brown-black background
and are spotted with small, yellow dots.
The caudal fin includes a white line that follows the edge of this
Size/Length: To 6" (15 cm) in nature, although in captivity, they rarely exceed 5" (13
Similar species: A commonly available morph of
J. regani is very similar, also Kendall's
Habitat: Eastern Africa; found along the southwestern rocky shores of Lake Tanganyika.
S: bottom, middle
Aquarium: 32" (80 cm) or 30 gallons (114 L).
Retreats for each fish are especially
Otherwise follow the guidelines for
Water chemistry: pH 7.5-9.0 (8.2), 8-20 dH (16), 75-82 F (24-28 C).
Social behavior: A fish territorial towards others of its own species.
Compatible pairs are hard to come by
as they often will not be able to find a mate.
J. marlieri can be combined with other
robust Lake Tanganyika cichlids and catfish.
Once a pair forms, it is usually unstable.
The bond can easily be broken by a sudden
change in the water conditions or a tank rearrangement.
Suggested companions: Lake Tanganyika cichlids,
Synodontis, Aulonocara, Lamprichthys, Afromastacembelus
FOOD: Live; crustaceans, bloodworms, other insect larvae, aquatic insects,
finely chopped meat; flakes; pellets; spinach.
Sexual differences: Males are smaller and when mature its genital papilla comes to a point and is aimed
toward the tail.
With the female, the genital papilla is rounded and points toward the head.
Breeding techniques: J.
marlieri can be bred in a 24" (60 cm) or 15 gallons (56 L)
Spawning is very similar to that of
Usually 70-100 eggs, although broods
exceeding 300 have been reported, are laid.
Start feeding with
Artemia and crushed dry foods.
Breeding potential: 6.
Breeding is fairly easy once a compatible pair is found.
Remarks: Will pair and hybridize with
This species has also been crossed with
to produce sterile offspring.
Difficulty of care: 6.
More aggressive than
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