Julidochromis transcriptus "Kissi" Bemba

Julidochromis transcriptus "Kissi" BembaOrigin and locale/variety: Bemba--Congo, Lake Tanganyika, East Africa

Size: Adults are usually 2.0 to 3.0 inches in aquarium environment.

Sex differences: Males and females are colored.

Aquarium behavior: Julidochromis transcriptus inhabit rocky environments. They do not need very large aquariums. Males and females tend to stay in close vacinity when paired off.

Aquarium diet: J. transcriptus readily accept most foods: flakes, frozen, and live. A combination of flakes, frozen, and live is recommended.

Observed spawning habits: Julidochromis are pair bonding cave brooders. The female lays eggs inside a cave or crevice and guards the young. The young can normally grow up in the same tank as the adults.

Other information: The best way to obtain a pair of Julidochromis without purchasing large specimens is to obtain 4 to 8 juveniles and let them pair themselves off. Most likely, they will form more than one pair, and one can easily retreive the intial investment by selling the "extras". The "Kissi" Bemba transcriptus is touted as one of the prettiest Julidochromis available. It is also known as J. transcriptus "Velvet Black".

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