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Marlier’s Julie (Julidochromis marlieri)


Common Names: Checkered Julie, Marlier’s Julie


Marlier’s Julie is a captivating cichlid species from Lake Tanganyika, known for its striking checkered pattern and interesting behavior. It is a popular choice among aquarium enthusiasts due to its relative ease of care and visual appeal.



  • Pattern: Distinctive black and white checkered or “checkerboard” pattern covering its body.
  • Body Shape: Elongated with contrasting colors, making them visually striking.



  • Typically grows to around 4 to 5 inches (10-13 cm).


  • Native Habitat: Rocky shorelines and sandy substrates of Lake Tanganyika in East Africa.
  • Aquarium Setup: Requires plenty of rocks and caves to replicate natural conditions, providing hiding and breeding spots.


Water Parameters

  • Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)
  • pH: 7.8 - 9.0
  • Water Hardness: Prefers moderate to high hardness.



  • Type: Omnivorous.
  • Diet: High-quality pellets, flakes, live or frozen foods (e.g., brine shrimp), and some vegetable matter.



  • Territorial: Particularly during breeding, Marlier’s Julie can be territorial and may exhibit aggression to protect their space.
  • Breeding Behavior: Cave spawners, laying eggs in crevices or caves, with both parents working together to protect eggs and fry.



  • Spawning Method: Cave spawners.
  • Parenting: Both male and female protect the eggs and fry, showcasing interesting parenting behaviors.



  • Compatibility: Best kept with other Tanganyikan cichlid species that have similar water parameter requirements.
  • Avoid: Aggressive or significantly larger fish.


Ideal Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum of 90cm (recommended larger).
  • Substrate: Fine sand to crushed coral.
  • Decor: Plenty of rocks and caves, optional hardy live plants like Anubias or Java Fern.


Species Information

  • Species: Julidochromis marlieri
  • Common Name: Checkered Julie
  • Origin: Lake Tanganyika in Africa
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • PH Range: 7.8 – 9.0
  • Temperature: 26°C – 27°C
  • Breed Type: Egg Layer
  • Maximum Size: Approximately 11cm
  • Sex: Un-sexed

Checkered Julie Cichlid (Julidochromis Marlieri)

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