Photos © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Gombi Julie|
|Scientific name:||Julidochromis sp. "Gombi"|
|Origin:||Lake Tanganyika, East Africa|
|Tank setup:||Piles of rocks, with sand substrate. Efficient filtration required.|
|Compatibility:||Not for the community tank, keep with similar sized Tanganyikan cichlids. Do not keep
more than one species of Julidochromis together, except in very large tanks.|
|Water chemistry:||Hard and alkaline: pH 7.8-9.0, GH 12-20, KH 14-20 ideally, but at least 6.|
|Feeding:||Micropredator, feed flake, granular and frozen/live foods.|
|Sexing:||Males have a noticeable genital papilla.|
|Breeding:||Cave spawner, use smooth rocks or plant pots for the spawning cave.
The eggs and fry are guarded by the parents.|
Many sources refer to this fish as Julidochromis transcriptus "Gombi".
However, doubt has been cast on this variant being a subspecies or regional variant of transcriptus(1).
This variant grows larger than J. transcriptus and its markings are more similar to J. marlieri or regani.
(1) Mary Bailey - The Chequered Julie, Julidochromis marlieri. Tropical Fish Hobbyist, May 2002.