The Gombi Masked Julie Cichlid (Julidochromis transcriptus) is a small and very active rock-dwelling cichlid that is native to many shoreline areas of Lake Tanganyika in Africa. In the wild, it spawns in rock caves and often forms breeding trios rather than pairs. Its entire body is covered in black, white, and gold patterns with a bright blue margin along the fins. It typically grows to a maximum size of 3 inches (7.5 cm) or less, with females growing larger than males.
The Gombi Masked Julie Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with piles of rocks that form some caves. Sand is the best substrate for this species. Mature fish will often claim and defend a small territory around their respective rock piles and caves. This cichlid mostly inhabits the middle and upper level of the water column, so it can often be kept (in a spacious tank) with Tanganyikan shell dwelling species that inhabit the lower areas of the water column. This species is small in size, but it can be very territorial with its own kind and similar fish that enter its territory. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Gombi Masked Julie Cichlid. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether unless the aquarium is of considerable size with ample cover/decor.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Gombi Masked Julie Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration, so this species should not be fed dry foods exclusively. While it is primarily a carnivore, it also requires vegetable matter in its diet.
- Species – Julidochromis transcriptus
- Common Name – Masked Julie
- Origin – Lake Tanganyika in Africa
- Diet – Carnivore
- PH Range – 7.8 – 9
- Temperature – Tropical 26°c – 27°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Maximum Size – approximately 8cm
- Sex – Un-sexed