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Species Type: African Cichlids, Lake Tanganyika
Masked Julie Adult Size: 3 inches (cm)
Masked Julie Life Expectancy: 8 years
Masked Julie Habitat: East African Lake Tanganyika
Masked Julie Minimum Tank Size:
Reclusive, aggressive, and territorial
Masked Julie Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - does well with flake food suppliments with frozen foods such as krill or brine shrimp.
Masked Julie Description:
Avowed fry-eaters when it comes to other species, Julies may not be the best addition to a breeding tank if the parents are likely to allow predation. However, they make a lovely pair for the small rock-filled tank, and a stunning group for the larger tank. The bold black and white of this fish rivals that of Zebra Plecos or even saltwater species, and with the added bonus of lovely blue and/or yellow in the fins.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Best left to a species only tank.
Masked Julie Breeding & Spawning:
Cave spawners, the already reclusive julies may seem to disappear altogether when guarding a clutch of eggs. Relatively small groups of fry are coupled with fairly consistent spawns; the older fry often help raise and protect their younger siblings, creating a colony feel to the tank. As adolescents, however, they may be kicked out by their parents and must be removed if the tank is too small to contain the entire family.
Determining Masked Julie Sex:
Females are often larger than males and often plumped with eggs. In adults, venting may reveal the longer genital papillae of females, but the species is basically monomorphic.
This species likes to stay near caves so the middle to bottom region of the tank is preferred.
Masked Julie Diseases:
None specific to species
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