Julidochromis Ornatus have an elongated body with alternating yellow and white thick stripes. Keep them in a 30-gallon or larger aquarium decorated with plenty of rocks and caves in order to provide adequate hiding places for these territorial fish. They prefer hard water with an alkalinity of 10 to 20 dKH and a pH of 8.0 to 9.0. In order to maintain these conditions, it is best to provide a substrate consisting of aragonite. The aragonite substrate can be mixed with darker gravel to reduce glare from the lighting.
Relatively easy to breed. It is best to incorporate 6 or 8 of this species in the aquarium to allow them to pair off.
They are a substrate spawning species, and will clear an area within the substrate underneath a rock or wood in order to spawn. Feed the fry baby brine
shrimp and finely ground flake food. Adults should be given a diet containing mostly vegetable-based foods, supplemented with meaty type foods.
Compatible: Lake Tanganykan similar size, and African Catfish.
Aquarium setup: 72-78°F; pH 8.0-9.0; dKH 10-20.
Size:3 1/2 in (9 cm)