Julis guarding eggs

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Julis guarding eggs

Post by fmueller » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:15 pm

For the last couple of years my 240G has been overrun by Julis. I have the comparatively small species known as Julidochromis marlieri 'Gombe', and they live in the crevices of the rock background I have in that tank. They might not be the most visible fish in the tank, but there are literally hundreds of them! I have several times sold around 50, and never noticed a dent in their population. Yet, one thing I had never seen until today is them spawning out in the open, where I can take photos. The pictures below show a pair guarding their eggs. You can see some of the eggs on the algae covered Anubias leave and some before it, but the main part of the clutch is hidden under the leaf.

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I've also got a video of them fending off another Juli:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdvFCIG5Hiw

This video shows mostly the other end of the tank, following the alpha male of my group of Burundi Frontosa on his patrol around the tank:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-El7QGw2Wrg

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Re: Julis guarding eggs

Post by Jombi21 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:17 am

Such wonderful Julidochromis, Frank!
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Re: Julis guarding eggs

Post by tanganyikanhunt » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:47 pm

You must be keeping them in a good sized tank. I keep mine in a ten gallon by themselves and it seems that when they are about 1" the male wants to kick them out for the new fry starting to come out. Usually it starts when there are about 30 in that size tank. It's that or they quit spawning.

That is a really nice strain of gombe you have.

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Re: Julis guarding eggs

Post by fmueller » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:11 pm

Thanks for the compliments! As I said, they are in a 240G. I guess that qualifies as a good size :D

I got them as BAP fish at an OCA meeting. I forgot who bred them, but I got them for a song. Join you local fish club, and get quality fish for cheap :lol:

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Re: Julis guarding eggs

Post by Jshakour » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:43 pm

Frank,

Your tank looks amazing!!!

Very nice work!


Please post more pics and vids!
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Re: Julis guarding eggs

Post by deeda » Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:00 pm

Wonderful pictures, Frank. I can attest to the fact that these fish are prolific. I bought a bag of Frank's fish at an OCA auction and within a month they have started breeding. They are a very nice strain.

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