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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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!!

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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.... :)

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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!

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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! :)

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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.

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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.

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Jordon - 2006-08-31
Me and my friend just got into fish because he wanted Koi to put in his pond so we went to the pet store and he picked up 3. I saw what I now know is a J.D. I instantly fell in love and got him. I also got two Tigar Oscars. All the fish are still small so they dont have any problem with each other but I read that Jacks grow up and beat down the Koi and the Oscars. so i think I'll move him into his own tank even though i would love for the J.D. and the two Oscars to be together. We will see what happens.

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kerri - 2006-04-21
I have a Jack that has been fondly named Nemo due to a gimp fin. I found him in a pet store about 5 months ago. He had been given to the pet store because his former owner could not handle him any more. He had come in with his female mate but had killed her with-in hours. I didn't have a fish tank at the time, but I fell so much in love with this 6" jack, that I purchased him and set about aquiring a tank. Not much $ money to work with, I lucked out and got a 55 gallon tank donate to me. Two weeks later (after much frustration with a leaking tank) Nemo was home with me. I soon found out you can't keep a pretty, organized tank with a jack, they are interior decoraters at heart. Soon I started to want more fish. Nemo is a good size but with 55 glns to play with, I had plenty of room. To the pet store! Come home with a 5" albino oscar. The "fish guy" assured me that they would get along royaly unless I had "the unusual aggressive jack". That they did for all of about 10 minutes before Nemo ripped all the O's fins off and then took out his belly. Dead O in less than half hour. Still wanting other fish I have been experimenting. After another few failed attempts (don't worry I am not sending these fish to their doom, pulling them out and returning before it gets too bad) Nemo is now living comfortably with Bassican, my african bass. Going to be introducing a "true" red devil soon. Keeping my fingers crossed. No matter how mean or aggressive my murderious jack is I do have to say he is the best fish I have ever had the pleasure of owning.

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Amber - 2006-04-04
My sister has had a Jack dempsey she got from her husband's friend. And it used to eat fish and just about anything in there. Believe it or not she now can put it with guppies (yes I said guppies) that are about 2cm at most. ANd he doesn't harm a one. He eats tropical flake food. Only certain ones though. And he's very spoiled. he's huge now. he could probably fill up my laptop screen if i put him on here. he's the most peaceful fish she owns. She used to poke his head with a stick each time he went after a fish. and when he didn't he got a reward. which he looks foreward to now when he defends his fishy friends from the evil net and evil algae eater.

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Mike - 2006-04-02
I bought 3 baby Jack Dempsys about 7 years ago and they were all about the same size. I put them in a 10 gallon tank and one died in about a week. The others survived. Then when they got about 6 inches I put them in my 30 gallon tank. Then one grew faster then the other so it eventually killed the other one because of so much stress. Now the last one is still alive and happily living in the tank 9 inches long with 2 Zebra chilids, a Green Terror and an alage eater. The jack basically eats everything and is the most beautiful fish in my tank. He displays awsome colors still today. Im planning on buying another baby jack to grow like my old one!

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