Animal Stories - Jack Dempsey Fish

Animal-World Information about: Jack Dempsey Fish

The Jack Dempsey Cichlid is one of the most interesting and beautiful of the American cichlids!
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Josh Danielson - 2008-07-16
When I bought my JD's I only got them because I always heard about them. I put them in a 50 gal tank with some pleco's and a mixed variation of other cichlids. I bought 2 because I didn't want to just get one. Didn't know anything about JD's. But I noticed from the time I had gotten them that they never split up. Very calm and peacefull fish. They never did any mating rituals or anything like that. And one morning I woke up and they laid over 200 eggs on top and wrapped around a skull that I put inside the tank. I'd say about 50 of the eggs got all fuzzy and nothing came out, but the rest of them were wiggling around and now they are all swimming high and all around the tank freely. Dempsey's are a awesome fish to watch raise their fry. They won;t even eat, they just put everything in a stockpile for their young. The female always tries to come at me when I'm scooping out the youngins but when I put my hand in the tank she lets me touch her. Very awesome feeling. As a first time breeder. I still have about 120 babies swimming around the tank. I feed them baby brine shrimp and crushed flakes. Coors are turning out awesome. Although I must say I was never planning on breeding but now I can't take my eyes off the tank.

sara morrell - 2007-11-25
I have 4 jD's in a 100 gallon tank and they all started to breed. I was surprised at how fast they breed, I got them a month ago. I really hadn't planned on getting them but when i saw them i just had to buy them. My mom was excited to see i had a new hobby instead of breeding gerbils and she now wants to buy 2 more, so we are getting a bigger tank. I told her that my jd's layed a massacre of eggs and now she has a 55 gallon in her living room with 2 of my jD's and about 200 eggs. I am not going to let her have my to best ones so she got the ones i didn't favor, but i love them all the same. Now i have so many fry it looks like a cloud is following the female.

mark - 2007-09-28
I got 2 JD's for my birthday last year, about 2''. I loved their colors. They grew pretty fast, I never knew much about these fish. About 2 months ago I saw my male with something stuck in his mouth, it was an albino Cory catfish. He couldn't swallow it or spit it out either. He didn't seem to mind me holding him while I took some tweezers and pulled the cory out. Well about a month later he did the same thing again. It seemed like he knew what to do because he sorta swam over to me and waited for me to hold him and pulled out the cory again. Both catfish are still alive and well. I didn't really think about it, but the corys are the same color as the rosys that I feed the JD's, so I moved them to a different tank. I've seen them digging out a hole in the gravel and the female hiding in a vase the last couple weeks. Well Sunday I was changing my filters and found baby JD's in the filter water. So now I'm a new Grandad and waiting to see if any other little guys start to appear!

Tena - 2007-09-25
I have a Jack Dempsey and he is really strange. He will pick up rocks from the bottom of the tank and spit them out on the other side of the tank or at the Pleco that's in there with him. I would really like to find out why and if there's something I could do for him so he will stop this behavior.

jherbie - 2007-07-16
I am on my second breeding pair of Dempseys. I found that if your female is larger than your male, she doesn't get beat up at all. She laid on Thursday and by Sunday I had wigglers. Since then they've moved the fry to one of SEVERAL pits dug up on the bottom. I've also found that the best way to curb aggression is space and minimal tank mates. My Demps are about 4" (F) and 3" (M) and live in a 30 gallon tank with a firemouth and pleco. The firemouth gets the unfortunate job of being the Demps common enemy, but there's enough tank space that he not only stays out of the way, but has one side pretty much to himself. I have only plastic plants in the tank, as the Demps WILL rearrange everything at the bottom, especially when spawning. They are fun to watch, and about as personable as a fish can get. They watch me as much as I watch them, I'm pretty sure. They are great fish!!

Direwolf013 - 2007-05-16
What can I say.. I fell in love with JD's the minute I layed eyes on them. I bought one as my first fish, before I knew anything about them. He was in a 10 gallon tank, (he was only about 2" at the time) but then i realized how big he would get. I traded him in on some African cichlids but everyday afterwards, I missed him. So when I moved, I traded in my africans and went back to the JD tank. I must have watched them for an hour before I picked my pair. I watched every little movement that they made and who interacted with who. I finally made my choice and i couldn't be happier. they swim side by side all the time and you barely see them on opposite sides of the tank. They are my Net buddies. My tank is right next to my Compy, and they love to stare at me while i'm on the Web. Plus they are digging their nest right next to me also. I'm hoping for some fry soon. But then I'll have to convince the wife to get another tank to raise them.... :)

D.J. Shinduke - 2006-12-17
The Jack Dempsey will always be my favorite. I have had them for years mixed in with Green Terrors, Texas cichlids, Acaras, firemouths, and many other tropical fish. They are easily obtained, inexpensive, hardy and adult specimens are spectacular!

Yvone - 2006-10-30
Hello! For the first time EVER I have two dempsey's laying eggs. Mind you, I have had Oscars in the past and they never bred. These dempsey's are about a year old and are absolutely fabulous! I didn't even know that the dance the male was doing was the mating dance. They have cleaned an area in their tank, as well as the thing in it in which to hide. I came home from work today (10/30) and saw eggs everywhere! Lots and Lots of eggs~! The female is watching over the eggs while the male is not too far away watching too. My b/f thought that the tank was not a friendly environment for the eggs to hatch. I told him that very much so it is, because they are really from waters that don't move. When I bought them, they were both the size of a dime and have been best friends since. And apparently they are lovers too! I have noticed today that they kiss many times. They go up to one another and kinda grab each others bottom lips ever so gently and then they seperate. They do this very frequently. hmmm now where to give/sell those babies when they do hatch! :)

Daniel Noon - 2006-09-29
I have had a male Jack for about ten years. He lives in a 50 gallon tank. He is extraordinarily large, approx 14 inches long and nearly 2 inches wide. He is Evil and beautiful. About a year ago, I was washing the dishes when a small mouse ran over my feet. I caught it and threw in the tank just to see what would happen. He hit it so hard that it startled me. He hit it a second time and the mouse was gone. A few moments later, he opened his gills and mouth and expelled fur and bone. He has killed everything that I have put in the tank including a 12 inch snakehead and a 16 inch pleco. I have his tank beside my couch and when he is hungry, he splashes me. He has a great amount of character and I will miss him greatly when he expires.

corey - 2006-09-01
One of the most beautifull fish in the world. I have a pair of Jacks in a 30gal tank. The Male is around 8" the female is around 6". They get along quite well and spawn about every 5 to 6 months. Every once in a while they puff up and stare each other down, but dont really fight other then a headbutt or two here and there. Jacks are very hardy fish and are fairly easy to keep. They eat just about anything they can fit in their mouths(similar habbits of that of a bass) Mine are pretty lazy. They just sit in their caves most of the time. Their moods dictate their colors....which are brilliant. I have introduced one of the babies from last spawn into my 55gal community tank with 4 Electric Yellow Cichlids. Wanting to see if raising him at so young will teach him to play well with other fish. So far the Yellows havent messed with him and he plays like a little kid with the Tetras and Guppies that are in there with him. Definitely a must buy fish.