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Bongox3 05-11-2013 09:49 AM

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 tank has been established successfully for over a year.

Just intro (this morning) five very small jd's to the 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

Byron 05-11-2013 11:47 AM

Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.:-D

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.


Bongox3 05-11-2013 12:06 PM

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 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....

jaysee 05-11-2013 04:31 PM

Welcome to the forum

I would give giant danios a try. Perhaps them and a school of tiger barbs.

Bongox3 05-11-2013 05:01 PM

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....

jaysee 05-11-2013 05:16 PM

That would be a filament barb - the one with the spot at the base of the tail.

Bongox3 05-11-2013 07:25 PM

Thank you...and yep that's them....they do look rather nice...and per the profile very active u have any experience with them?

jaysee 05-11-2013 08:41 PM

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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Bongox3 05-11-2013 11:25 PM

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...

jaysee 05-11-2013 11:40 PM

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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