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Jason D - 2013-07-14
Hi I have a female jag and lately she has been acting strange, she's biting the tank, is this normal? Also she has been swimming around the tank like crazy. She is the only fish in the tank should I get her a tank mate like a boyfriend? lol...

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Is she eating normally? Does she ever slow down while swimming? If she is eating normally I wouldn't worry too much about it. Also, unless you plan to breed, I wouldn't add any other fish. They are aggressive and territorial and are a good fish to keep by themselves. If you do want to breed I would add a male who is slightly smaller than your female so she doesn't get beaten up.
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Amy - 2013-07-11
I need help! I have a tank including a foot long (AGRESSIVE) Oscar cichlid, a sucker fish, a large goldfish, and 3 electric yellow cichlids. We were unsure of their genders, but I think there are 2 females and 1 male. We noticed little pellet like things over one of the large rocks and also on the gravel. RIGHT IN THE OSCAR'S AREA OF THE TANK. The yellow cichlids tend to hide in the rocks because of the Oscar so it was hard to get a good look and guess their genders, but two had pouches under their chins while the other didn't... But the other one was smaller! Please give me information on what to do!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-12
    Female Electric Yellow Cichlids lay their eggs and then take them into their mouths where the male will then fertilize them. If you want them to successfully breed, you might want to consider moving the other fish (especially the Oscar) into a separate aquarium. This will reduce the liklihood of your cichlids getting hurt and the fry from being eaten once they hatch and leave their mothers mouth. Read more specific breeding guidelines on Breeding Electric Yellow Cichlids.
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timmah - 2013-07-04
Man, I've been feeding my auratus a whole ton of beefheart. We were like 'hey, what are we going to do with all this beef heart?' And I was like 'yo, let's see if the fish'll eat it'. Bam.. he chowed that thing down. Mmmm mmmmm mmmmm. Loves it.

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Ms. Bell - 2013-06-29
Hello, so I have some questions. 1) I have a 29 gallon tank with a bunch of conduct fry, a 3' marble convict and a 3' salvini. I plan to get rid of most of the fry, will my marbled convict breed with one of my black convict? If so does the marble get a red belly like the female black convict? 2) I believe my salvini is a female, but I am not sure are there any definite ways to tell? 3) I currently have a purple spotted govt in one of my community tanks and I'm wondering if he can holds his own against my cichlids, I was told he can be aggressive and will eat smaller fish. Thanks in advance.

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Rach - 2013-06-21
I three big angelfish, and two are marble male and my female. I also have 3 small angelfish, 2 gouramis, a clown loach, and a 3 to 4 inch pleco in a 36 gallon tank. One of the males and the female I had just gotten 2 weeks ago, and they laid eggs unknowingly, and I do not know anything on angelfish fry.  Above all, these two fish are beating up my other big angelfish that I had through everything. I was going take them back, but now  I do not know long the fry need to be with fiercely guarding parents!

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Edd miller - 2013-06-20
So i have right now a angelfish and cory catfish tank can i add a small electric blue jack Dempsey cichlid and the tank is 45

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    See the social behavior section up above for an idea of how these fish get along with others. I think your other fish will be at risk.
cichlid man - 2013-06-20
I was at petsmart last week and i was looking and i saw a jack demsy cichlid, the electric. So i have a 45 gallon with 1 angelfish and 3 cory catfish, Can i add a small electric blue jack demise cichlid.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    I suggest you read the 'social behaviors' section up above.... then make your decision:)
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Johnny Jojnson - 2007-02-25
I really love Amphilophus (Cichlasoma) octofasciatum commonly know as the Jack Dempsey. My aquatic hobbyist activities usually focus on Angelfish breeding which can become tedious at times. Many years ago a friend gave me a few Jacks he had raised from fry in his tanks as a diversion from the frustrations of breeding Angelfish.

Wow, these fish are as rewarding and easy to breed fish as Guppies. They have fantastic coloration that changes with their mood. They are large enough to enjoy visually from a across the room or directly in front of the tank. I wish Angelfish had as much coloration. They do tend to lazily hide in the background or other hiding places such as caves but put on a heck of a show at feeding time.

It is important to provide caves if you want to breed them but they are not nearly as fussy about water quality as Angelfish. They do their own tank arranging. They tend to create depressions in the substrate all the way to the bottom of the tank and for this reason I suggest avoiding under gravel filtration. The only down side to keeping Jacks is they are not very live plant friendly and only get along well with a limited number of tank mates.

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  • Pamela - 2013-06-02
    Angelfish is ugly. Buy a flowerhorn, it is the prettiest tropical fish as well as most valuable fish in market. Every one of them has a different pattern and males have a bigger hump, female flowerhorn has a samall or totally no hump. They are very active and fun fish to keep. You can feed it as much as it eats, this fish cannot be over fed. Flowerhorns are very hardy and aggressive fish that can only be kept alone, since you are thinking of buying one fish, i would suggest you to get flowerhorn.
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Head Nurse Pattye - 2009-05-20
I have a great community 100 gallon tank of cichlids. A Leporinus (my leopard fish)
a Red Devil, a young Flower Horn, a Green Terror, a Jack Dempsey, a Manguenese and 2
Plecostamus bottom dwellers.

I've learned a great deal about tanks over the years since I was a kid.

Recently I learned how to keep the Red Devil and aggressive acting fish in check.

They can individually be put on "time out" in a plastic bag with air for a couple of minutes and allowed to float on top while you rearrange the rocks and scenery.

There will still be a more dominant fish (Red), but when his attitude gets out of hand and BEFORE Red has moved all the rocks in his favor, I do this.

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Carry - 2005-12-10
First let me say they are fast growing, aggressive, need lots of water changes, alot of filteration, and are messy. My 9'' oscar has waste the size of deer poop. It's crazy. They love to eat. They can and will jump out of the water to get food. That includes your hand if its above the water line. I've owned probably a little over a dozen oscars total. I have 4 right now. I feed mine earth worms, pellets, frozen brine shimp, freeze dried blood worms, algae wafers, shrimp pellets,beef heart, guppies, and freeze dried tubifex worms. I'd like to srart my own culture of either blood worms, white worms, or brine shrimp someday. I think all my fish will benefit from that. That being said I never feed feeders from local or chain fish stores because of the disease feeders have that can be passed onto my fish. It's not worth loosing an 12in oscar to watch him eat feeders. I do breed my own guppies and feed those sometimes. When you breed your own it ensures you have the control over the quality of feeder you are providing. I mean, look at the feeder tanks in the stores. They are always overcrowded, nasty, and have dead fish floating around at the top. Do you really want to expose a 12'' oscar to that that you've took the one year or so to raise? Seems like a waste.


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