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fishman_20007 04-16-2008 12:20 AM

jack dempsey breeding help
 
i have just acquired a pair of jack dempseys on a trade for my beloved oscar. i miss him already :( but to get to the point i have had the jacks for 3 days now and they have already laid eggs. does this mean i have a breeding pair? they stay in the area the eggs are and seem to be guarding the eggs. also will my banded pike be ok in the tank with them? my tank size is 55gal with cover.

1077 04-16-2008 02:23 AM

Re: jack dempsey breeding help
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fishman_20007
i have just acquired a pair of jack dempseys on a trade for my beloved oscar. i miss him already :( but to get to the point i have had the jacks for 3 days now and they have already laid eggs. does this mean i have a breeding pair? they stay in the area the eggs are and seem to be guarding the eggs. also will my banded pike be ok in the tank with them? my tank size is 55gal with cover.

:wink: depends on size of pike. usually a pair of dempseys with eggs tolerate no tank mates however if pike is larger, he may surrvive.

fishman_20007 04-16-2008 08:31 AM

eggs
 
the pike is about 8 inches and the jacks are about 5 inches in length. i looked in the tank this morning and some of the eggs are now a milky white hooray :lol: this is my first accidental attempt at breeding egg layers, any help will be appreciated.




peace love and harmony :D

1077 04-16-2008 09:02 AM

sometimes a bump in temp. results in better egg fertilization. Dempseys may tolerate pike that is, until and if little ones appear. I would be prepared to move the pike.

fishman_20007 04-17-2008 09:54 PM

i have a problem with moving the pike cuz my other tank is only 10gal and i already put my peacock in their, i don't think the pike will fit. i have asked everyone i know to take him but no luck. i am going to keep an eye on them and hope for the best but if all else fails i might see if the pet shop will take the pike.

the eggs are starting to wiggle with little tails sticking out. upon closer look i can see the fry at the top of my tank in some uprooted plants. i am wondering if i need to separate the jacks or just let them be. i will post as much as i can on the status of the fry. thanks

1077 04-18-2008 02:34 AM

I would try and leave them alone unless one becomes violent towards the other (usually the male) In which case you will need to separate him from the female. My concern is that pike will make no distinction between dempsey fry , and feeder fish. Even if you have not offered pike feeder fish he or she may view the little ones as food. This will no doubt bring swift retribution from one or both parents. you have few options, fish store may consider housing pike temporarily depending on how good a customer you have been? :wink:

fishman_20007 04-18-2008 10:35 AM

thanks for the advice i will post more on how the fry and pike/jacks are doing. :)


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