The Julidochromis regani nursery

Photo of the “the nursery” in the 75g Tanganyikan community tank. Note the juvenile Julidochromis reganis Burundi in the middle of the stack. Photo by the author.

I haven’t posted in a while on my 75g Tanganyikan community tank, so thought I would give an update. The tank currently houses the following:

  • 1 adult male Altolamprologus cavlvus black
  • 1 adult male Lamprologus tretocephalus
  • 1 adult female Lamprologus tretocephalus
  • 1 adult male Telmatochromis temporalis
  • 1 adult female Telmatochromis temporalis
  • 2 adult female Julidochromis regani Burundi
  • 1 adult male Julidochromis regani Burundi
  • Several Julidochromis regani Burundi juveniles
  • 1 adult common pleco
Photo of one of the adult female Julidochromis regani Burundi. This is the unpaired female. Photo by the author.

As the title of this post suggests, two of the regani paired off and have had at least one brood. I tend to let nature take its course in my community tanks, so I never try to remove any regani fry until I have several broods. However, I must have created a pretty safe place for the adults to guard eggs, because I have about seven 1/2″ juveniles. I call their spot “the nursery”. 

The top photo shows a few of the juveniles hanging out in the nursery. You can see the female that spawned with her head sticking out of the half clay pot on the right. I’m almost certain that is where she laid the eggs.

The bottom photo is of the unpaired female J. regani. The other female is exactly the same size and it’s often hard to tell them apart. However, a dead giveaway is that the one that has spawned hangs in the nursery. 

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