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post #1 of 6 Old 01-02-2008, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
help me before my fish kill each other

I have a green terror and a jack dempsey and for the last couple of days they have been bitting each others mouth until one of them gives up. please look at the attached photo to get a idea of what i am talking about.

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-02-2008, 07:27 PM
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Photo is not posted. I'd suggest separating your fish. What size is the tank?

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-02-2008, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
it is a 55 gallon tank it almost looks like they are kissing but they are tearing each other apart

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post #4 of 6 Old 01-02-2008, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
it is a 55 gallon tank it almost looks like they are kissing but they are tearing each other apart

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-02-2008, 10:40 PM
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I know they're different kinds of cichlids, but the only way I could keep my convicts from killing each other was to have at least least 4 in the tank, or just 1. Having 4 splits up the aggression. The convicts fight in the same way, for whatever that's worth.

I kept my males and females in separate tanks, but my understanding is that breeding pairs will kill pretty much anything else in the tank with them.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-06-2008, 01:41 PM
Welcome to the wonderful world of cichlids. Jack Dempseys and Green Terrors are two of the more aggressive territorial cichlids there are. Jack Demsey was a famous boxer in the 1930's and 1940's. And there is a reason they call a Green Terror a Green Terror. Does all of this make sense. These two are not, except under very rare circumstances, compatible in the same tank.
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