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post #1 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Dithering fish with jacks

Hello everyone...great site....brand new here, so hope the below doesnt strike anyone as silly, stupid, or overly discussed....ok, I have a 125g planted tank. All plants attached to wood and/or rock...with smooth small substrate. All plants are sturdy and hardy (mostly anubia) and inexpensive....plenty of hiding spots and hidden caves...plus tank has been established successfully for over a year.

Just intro (this morning) five very small jd's to the tank...as they mature and pair, I plan to re-locate three...leaving the pair. As the couple will be, I assume, rather territorial...can anyone suggest a appropriate dithering fish to add? Would prefer something colorful, smaller (but not a meal size), and schooling....tetras, barbs, danino?... I currently have six otos (maybe too small)....and a couple of mini plecos (that will stay small)...Also fully expect plant casualties...and have plenty of smooth, slate like rock too....

Thank you...and again, great site! Cheers! -mike

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post #2 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 11:47 AM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

To your questions, I think you will find the answers in our profile of the fish, click the shaded name Jack Dempsey. I'll leave it at that, rather than repeat what is there.

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post #3 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Byron for the quick response....I looked at that and other jd post prior to typing mine in...while not a community fish in the least, it was my impression that many large and medium cichlids can be keep with smaller (just not too small) faster schooling type fish successfully....in the past I've seen it done with oscars, wondering if at all poss with jd...if given the right environment...wrote in to hear if such an idea is folly or if anyone has tried with any luck...may even opt to a larger tank....
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post #4 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 04:31 PM
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I would give giant danios a try. Perhaps them and a school of tiger barbs.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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Thank you...I really like tiger barbs, but think the size of the giant danio would work better....someone also mentioned a large barb with on black spot to it's rear...but don't know it's name or spec needs...tiger barbs are awesome, but mine seemed to go become rather still once the lights went out and I could just picture a jack picking one off now and again....thank u again for the response....
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post #6 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 05:16 PM
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That would be a filament barb - the one with the spot at the base of the tail.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #7 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you...and yep that's them....they do look rather nice...and per the profile very active swimmers...do u have any experience with them?
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post #8 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 08:41 PM
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I know they get pretty big - seen them in the store and in a friends tank. I think they are a goo choice for a 6 foot tank - wouldn't keep then in less.


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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #9 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you again jaysee...went to a local fish store out here and saw them....they're really quite beautiful...probably gonna go with these unless there is an issue with them and s. American cichlids...gotta research them a bit....but I would imagine a group of them swimming together would be lovely...actually rather stunning...thanks for the intel...if I ever figure out how to upload photos I'd like to hear what ever advice ur willing to share...
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I'm sure that they are stunning in a group in a large tank. Unfortunately my friend has a Noah's ark themed tank.


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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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