Physical description: A fish with a body shape similar to that of
The body coloring is yellow-white to
Three brown-black lateral stripes run the course of the body.
The uppermost runs through the bottom
part of the anal fin, while the lower most extends from the snout, through the eye, and to the caudal fin.
these stripes are broken or dashed.
Six to eight transverse, brown-black stripes extend down from the back
to the lower lateral stripe.
These stripes are usually incomplete and broken, and often missing.
The anal, caudal, and dorsal fins have
a black and white edge.
The pelvic fins are yellow.
Several color and pattern variations are known.
Size/Length: To 2.8" (7 cm)
Similar species: Some pattern variations of
J. marlieri are similar.
Habitat: Eastern Africa; found near on the northwestern coast (Tanzania and Burundi) of Lake
S: bottom, middle
Aquarium: 24" (60 cm) or 15 gallons (56 L).
Follow the recommendations for J. ornatus
in setting up the tank.
Water chemistry: pH 7.5-9.0 (8.2), 8-20 dH (15 cm), 72-77°F (22-25°C)
J. transcriptus's behavior is similar to that of
Suggested companions: See
FOOD: Algae; live; crustaceans, bloodworms, other insect larvae, aquatic insects,
finely chopped meat; flakes; pellets; spinach.
Sexual differences: The female is larger and plumper.
The male's genital papilla is pointed.
Breeding techniques: As for other Julidochromis
Only 30-40 eggs are laid.
Breeding potential: 6.
Breeding is more difficult to initiate than other
Remarks: The smallest member of the genus
Difficulty of care: 5.
Care is rather easy for this cichlid.
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