Jack Dempsey

Other Jack Dempsey Names: Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey Scientific Name: Archocentrus Octofasciatus

Jack Dempsey Cichlid (Archocentrus Octofasciatus))

Temperature Range: 70°F-80°F
pH Range: 6.5-7.8
Hardness Range: 15-25°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: Central American Cichlids

Jack Dempsey Adult Size: 10 inches (cm)

Jack Dempsey Life Expectancy: 15 years

Jack Dempsey Habitat: Central America - Yucatan peninsula, Guatemala, Honduras

Jack Dempsey Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons

Jack Dempsey Temperament: Very aggressive

Jack Dempsey Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - does well with pellet or flake food and live worms, krill or brine shrimp.

Jack Dempsey Description: Jack Dempsey Cichlids are large and aggressive fish from Central America. This is a very popular fish with home aquarists because it is quite striking with beautiful coloration. A casual observation of a jack dempsey would lead one to believe they are blue or green in color. Upon further examination, you would see that while the overall color of a Jack Dempsey is blue or green, there are a multitude of speckles and spots that can be black, brown, blue, green or even silver.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Quite intolerant of other species. Some aquarists have reported successfully keeping jack dempsey cichlids in combination with firemouth meeki, convicts, green terrors, catfish and plecostomus.

Jack Dempsey Breeding & Spawning: The breeding behavior of Jack Dempsey Cichlids is similar to other Central American Cichlids. They will search for a flat area to clean off for a nesting area. The clean this area and will lay the eggs there. The parents are protective and will watch over the eggs and fry. Incubation takes about 4 days. After the eggs have been incubated, they will become wigglers and you will be able to see them move. In about another 48 hours the wigglers will be released and become free-swimming. The fry are relatively easy to care for due to their larger size. You can feed them brine shrimp or crushed flake food.

Determining Jack Dempsey Sex: It is fairly easy to determine the sex of mature Jack Dempsey cichlids. Males tend to be larger with more pointed anal fins. The females also have blue coloration on the gill plates, while males tend to have little or no blue coloration on the gill plates. Finally, the males tend to be much more colorful than the females. The difference between sexes becomes quite apparent with a male and female sharing the same tank.

Aquarium Region: All over

Jack Dempsey Diseases: HITH (Hole in the Head)

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