Animal Stories - Jaguar Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Jaguar Cichlid

The Jaguar Cichlid is known for becoming more and more beautiful as it ages!
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Rich - 2012-07-02
I find it funny that everyone states 2 adults to 180 gallons. I had 4 jags in a 55 for more then 3 years and also had thousands of babies in that time. The 4 got along well, but only 2 bred and the other 2 stayed kinda small at 6'.  I ended up selling them to a breeder along with my Jacks and Oscars. Sold all the tanks and got into bearded dragons. Now boa's are part of my life along with my new 75 gallon set-up with 4 more jags. They are small at 3' and doing great since I got them a month and a half ago. They will go into a 150-180 or a 220. I havent decide yet. The later would be best and look way better.

Shilee Bean - 2012-05-17
I have two jags. A female and male and they recently layed eggs. I also have a convict cichlid and a tiger oscar. In any way that they could harm the eggs or the jags harm the other fish? They are in a 125 gallon tank.

tammy roberts - 2012-01-08
I would like to find out why my male jaguar sucks up big rocks, carries it around then spits it out? He does this all day long.

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-05-14
    My fish do it all the time they are making it clean or trying to dig out there area. Or nest if it is a female.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-14
    A lot of cichlids do this. Some do this to prepare for breeding, others just seem to like to re-arrange.
miguel r. - 2011-07-13
I have 2 jaguar cichlides and they keep having babies. They always end up eating them what do I do?????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-13
    The Jaguar is a carnivore and if it moves and they can get it in their mouth, they will eat it. You see babies and they see food. You need a grow tank - a baby tank - a small tank that you can put the baby fry into untill they are large enough to be in a regular community tank. You can try many hiding spots in the existing tank and plants but mom and dad will find the fry. You just have to net the fry up and put them in a separate tank. You will also need to get food for the babies. But congratulations on the off spring.
  • Rondey - 2011-08-09
    They are eating the fry because they are hungry. Feed your fish more. Normally the parents are very protective of their babies.
  • steve Krukowski - 2011-12-28
    I have just removed around 400-500 fry from my 850 ltr cichlid tank at about 3 days old they have been moved to a 60 ltr nursery tank. Parents will eventually eat the young. Best way to remove fry is not by net as this can damage spine of fry and the removal from water to air can stress and kill the fish, I use a syphon hose and add the water they were hatched in to fill the nursery tank and find I have about a 70-80% survival rate doing it this way.
Cory - 2011-08-20
I love my Jags. I have 2 Jags and 2 JD's housed in a 150 gallon tank. I bought them all together around 1 and a half in. each. Now the Jags are 6-7 in. and the JD's 4. They have gotten along relatively well, although the male Jag rules the tank. As they grow more, will this be a large enough setup for these 4 fish?

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  • Cory - 2011-08-24
    If you read closer, it said 180 gallon for two that you are going to breed. Above the breeding section of article it said 50 gallons required for 1 Jag.
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-15
    I think 125 gallons would be fine. Besides it's not worth it to upgrade from a 125 to a 160. Good luck with your fish.
Cory - 2011-08-24
I also was wondering, when I got my fish, Brutus (my male Jag) tail fin was kinda shredded. I thought it would eventually start growing back to normal but has yet to do so. Will it ever grow back or will it be like that for his life span? He is roughly 7 inches right now and I got him at about an inch.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-24
    I have always been under the impression that it would grow back and I don't exactly understand why it hasn't. It has definitely grown so why the fin isn't back to normal - beats me. Is the tail sheredding against something in the tank. In other words, it is growing nback but a rock or something is shredding it again. Could that be?
  • Cory - 2011-08-24
    Unless he is doing it at night when lighs are out. I've never seen him doing anything that would damage his tail like that. Maybe once he's full grown it will begin to fill in.
Darnell Epps - 2011-07-05
Is it ok to leave the lights on in my tank at night? My jaguar cichlids are spawning and right now theyre protecting thier fish but I cant take all my other fish out the tank without making a mess.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-06
    No. Fish need a natural rhythm of day and night just as if they were in a lake or ocean. By leaving the light on 24/7 you will also produce a whole lot of alge as well. I think I am missing something. What does the light have to do with the spawning? Can you divide the tank somehow? You need a grow out tank for the babies as they will appear to be food to the other fish. Another idea
    this link will take you to how to artifically move the eggs to a hatch tank. Good luck.
John - 2010-04-17
My Jag is a sissy. It is in the tank with a green sunfish and pleco and the sunfish bosses it around like crazy. It is a pig and will eat as much as it can. Bought it because it will end up looking good and I wanted something that could stand up to my green spotted sunfish.

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  • Rick - 2011-01-13
    Some are like that, I have 3 pairs of Jags (12" to 16") and if I put a sunfish in with any of them it would be gone in 3 mins..........
  • Brent - 2011-01-14
    I agree with you. It is strange a Jaguar Cichlid can not take the Green Sunfish? I had read about a Green Sunfish beating a Jack Dempsey in a fight when the Jack Dempsey cichlidae should win!
Kurtis Fallowfield - 2010-08-07
How are you able to tell a male jaguar cichlid from a female while they are at a young age mayby around 2 to 3 inch's?

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  • Weston - 2010-09-07
    The male tends to start developing spots on him and the female very little or none, the dark stripes are very well defined by now and if the same age the male is still bigger, my first set of jags thats how I chose them, and they are a breeding pair now only 6 inches now, I got them at the same age as you.
kevin j. - 2008-08-29
I have two, a male and a female, and I love them. They are a forced pair but I DO NOT recommend that. They also share their tank with a salvini, a red devil, and a convict. Needless to say a large tank is not an option here, it is a must. They all need to have their space, that is the key to keeping these guys happy. They are hardy eaters and not too picky. Plenty of hiding places and sight breaks and good filtration will ensure success if keeping a community tank of similar species. Add them all together and let them grow together. And keep your hands out when they spawn or you will get bitten. :)

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  • shaun riches - 2010-05-31
    I have a female jag at about three inches but a friend of mine gave me his male which is about 4 to 5 inches they are in a three foot tank which I think is just a bit too small but ever since they met it has been non stop fighting she has spawned twice but the male will just pop over to her side of the tank and eat them while the female is biting him very violent ripping chunks of scales and meat off the male but he doesn't seem to care all he cares for is eating the eggs will they ever get on or will they just kill each other I know I need a bigger tank I have my eye on a 6ft by 2ft tank would this help at all.