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paytheplayer 08-03-2008 12:44 PM

Tank Mates for a Jack Dempsey?
There is a thread that has this same question, but since his tank is not large enough, nobody provided an answer. I have a 120 gal tank, and I have the same question. I posted about 2 weeks ago, that my gf bought one (of several) fish, and this was the only one I wasn't sure about.

She didnt have a receipt so we couldn't take him back, and he was eating the tetras so I put him in my Red Bellied Piranha tank. (sorry). Eventually, I found out it was a Jack Dempsey. He has gotten along with them ever since (so far) but I don't want to push my luck. So Im thinkin about switching my community tank into a cichlid tank. Thanks for the help.

PS. What kind of cichlid is a Jack Dempsey? Im talking about African, South American...

jeaninel 08-03-2008 12:55 PM

Jack Dempseys are Central American cichlids. Sorry, I don't have any personal experience with them. Although my nephew has one that he kept with an Oscar (South American). It may or may not work. Depends, if you grow them up together it may work. How big is your JD?

paytheplayer 08-03-2008 01:19 PM

I'd say he's about an inch and a half right now. I've noticed how quickly he grows though. His colour is really starting to show, and he's grown a great deal in 2 weeks.
If they are central american, does that mean that I can only house them with other Central American cichlids or are there exceptions to the rule?

jeaninel 08-03-2008 06:51 PM

Wow, he's still very little. I remember when my nephew first got his he wasn't very colored up. But as he grew he became absolutely beautiful. Last time I saw him he was probably about 6".

You could probably bend the rules a little and mix Central and South American. I would not mix with Africans though.

iamntbatman 08-03-2008 08:11 PM

I have a similar question:

Would a raphael catfish work with a Jack Dempsey?

1077 08-04-2008 12:16 PM

I would think a synodontis would be more likely to work with jack Dempsey. If raphael were nearly grown and Dempsey was juvenile perhaps .

paytheplayer 08-04-2008 12:16 PM

I actually just bought a rope fish, he's in the community tank. I read somewhere that a few people have rope or reed fish in the same tank as a Jack Dempsey, so If I decide to convert my community tank then it shouldn't be a problem...I hope.

I just saw the rope fish at the store and it was the closest that I could come to owning a freshwater eel. (Besides my dojo loach). Our LPS don't ever have freshwater eels.
Anyways, if I was to get convicts, how many should I get? Is it ok to get one of them?

iamntbatman 08-04-2008 05:18 PM

Actually I think it would be safer to get only one. That way, you reduce the risk of accidentally getting a breeding pair, which would lead to violence for sure and you'd also have to figure out what to do with any fry. Also, if you got two that were same sex, they might not like each other very much. Getting only one would prevent those problems.

To 1077: don't most synos get pretty darn big and boisterous? I was thinking the raphael because they're smaller but I've also read that due to their spines and whatnot, bigger fish tend to leave them alone.

okiemavis 08-04-2008 08:11 PM

There's lots of synos that would work well with a Jack. Synodontis eupterus, Synodontis nigrita or Synodontis flavitaeniatus come to mind.

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