Okay, let me just say I made my first impulse buy. I bought a Tiger Oscar yesterday along with a Pleco (he had clear stuff on his eyes, and after an hour it dissapeared and he was found dead.), an Ivory Mystery Snail and a Gold Mystery Snail. Today when we went to take the dead Pleco back to get a new one, I also bought a Jack Dempsey. I have a few questions regarding my new fish.
My Oscar, Romeo faded when I put my Jack Dempsey, Juliet in. Is he just getting accustomed to her?
I am unsure about Juliet's species. I'm almost positive she's a male, but we aren't going to tell anyone. (; She is around 4 1/2" long. She has a pink underside, a yellow back, black vertical stripes to the front of her body the fade to grey further back, a black spot on the base of her tail, blue/yellow lips, electric blue specks all over her like dempseys commonly have and what's making me wonder is she almost seems to be getting a bump beginning right behind her eyes on the top of her head. I'll be able to post photos tomorrow evening but what do you all think she is? Just a JD? (curiousness.)
I picked Juliet out of the tank because she was the largest, more dominant one and the others didn't look to healthy or colorful. I thought she would fare a lot better with my Oscar who is a little smaller length-wise but nothing shorter than 4". When I introduced her I think they locked lips, (couldn't see them) and there is a maroon-ish spot on my Oscars lower lips now. Will he be alright? They seem to be playing 'tag' but I've only seen Juliet attempt a nip once when Romeo was resting. They ignore the snails (Ivory-Bonnie, Gold-Clyde) and the Pleco (Onch) alone. Are they just establishing a bit of dominence?
I keep the temp around 80 degrees farenheit in the tank. I haven't kept Cichilds in a couple of years and was wondering if that temperature is fine? It was at 75 farenheit before I got Juliet and Romeo sat behind a rock all day and refused food. Was it too cold and he is more active now because it's warmer and he has a buddy?
Lastly, I'm not sure if any of you can help on this, but my 'common' Pleco that I got this time is MUCH lighter than the one I had before. His 'nostrils' are also sticking up very tall, and he elongated his dorsal fin into a beautiful sailfin shape when he moved. Is he a Rubberlip or other species?
Note: Romeo seems to have colored up a lot more now. They both just followed Onch as he moved. It was adorable. (: All in all I am happy with my new fish. (: