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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Justin - 2006-03-26
I have a JD, A Pink Convict, A Green Terror and A Firemouth in A 45 gallon tank. The jack was chasing the Firemouth around. The GT got between the Firemouth and the Jack. The GT flared his fins and opened up his mouth, it seemed like he was the Firemouths body guard! The Jack fought the GT and won! He continued to chase the Firemouth. The next day I looked in the tank and the Jack was badly injured! I moved the Dempsey in my 10gal quarintine tank.The other fish have no probs except a few square offs for territory. I will update you on the Jack Demsey ASAP!

kelsea - 2006-03-04
i started my first tank about 6 months ago. it is 50 gallons. didnt know anything about fish so i got an oscar, a jack dempsy, and 2 black convicts. best thing i did was get the dempsy. the jack and the oscar were both about half an inch and now they are both about 3 inches+. at first they didnt like each other, but now they are best buds. our convicts have started breeding and my jack and oscar were getting ambushed. so now oscar and jack are a team, and they show the convicts that it is their tank. the jack has gotten such beautiful colorings on it, lots of blue and red on the edges of his fins. im pretty sure its a male. i think it is a must for any fish lover

Suzanne - 2005-12-26
I have a Jack Dempsey and I am not a live fish feeder kind of person so I used to feed him just about everything else from krill to blood worm cubes, but now his diet consists of shrimp pellets and it has been shrimp pellets for the last 5 years. He is 14 yrs old now and still going strong although I have noticed he isnt like a dog at feeding time anymore. He doesnt wag as much as he used to and somedays doesnt even wag at all. But at 14 I dont expect him to want to do all that wagging up top anymore. He is the absolute best fish I have ever owned so far and has kept me entertained all these years.

Jennifer - 2005-08-14
I inherited a 100 gal tank and 2 Jack Dempseys. When moving them they got a 90% water change and a tank rearranging. Their heat got turned up to 78 or 80 degrees for 2-3 days. They started jaw-locking and they next thing i knew they had uncovered the ug filter and layed the eggs right on top. For awhile i though they were all dead or decaying because they were attacked by egg fungus. They had all gone under the filter and didn't come out until they were free swimming. I love Jack Dempseys now and have been reading everything i can get my hands on since. My female (and I know that she is by now) has red edging to her dorsal fin. She is very bright and beautiful with her fry swimming around. She charges at anything coming at the glass.

eric latorre - 2005-08-07
i have 4 jack dempseys and 2 large silver barbs. they are getting too big for their 30 gallon tank and they ate two of my siamese algae eaters. i just set up a new 50 gallon acrylic tank just for them and am waiting for the water to cycle. im gonna buy 2 flowerhorn cichlids. they are so beautiful when they get big.