Species group: Cichlids
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Scientific name: Julidochromis transcriptus
The Masked Julie is native to Lake Tanganyika in Africa, where it is found in 1 - 10 meter deep water in rocky coasts of the lake.
There are several varieties of Masked Julie in the hobby. The "gombi" variety is popular, and has clear black and white bands with brilliant blue margins to the tail and anal fins.
They are a timid Cichlid and prefer a tank that does not have a lot of human traffic around it.
A small school of 5-6 fish will do well in a 20-40 gallon tank with a fine gravel or sand substrate. They are cave spawners, and should be provided with lots of stones, especially in the back of the tank, to create holes for hiding. In nature Masked Julie eat crustaceans, insect larvae and molluscs. They will ingest grains of sand, diatoms and filament algae. When in the aquarium they will readily eat mysis shrimp, mosquito larvae, daphnia, plankton and high quality flakes and pellets.