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What is the smallest tank that 2 dempsey's can live in comfortably? Right now they are only 2 or so inch's long.
i would have to say atleast a 30 for him to be comfortable
Ok that guy at the LPS told me 29 but I wanted to verify with someone else
Agreed with NC Frank.
A 55 gallon is about the minimum for a fully grown dempsey. A pair needs about 70.
You have got a pair right, not just two random sex fish?
Ah ok, great! That's what I like to hear.
I would recommend a 75 at least, with a male and a female. Two of the same sex fish WILL kill each other.
Having said that, I have one in my 32 gallon (along with two 3" texas cichlids and a 2" firemouth) and it's very happy. No sign of it going over 6" though. Been that size for a good couple of years.
You could well be fine with a 30 for a breeding pair, it's hard to tell how big fish will go in captivity.
Depseys are FANTASTIC fish. Superb predators two. I introduced 15 cherry barbs as dithers 2 days ago. There were 5 left yesterday. He just vacuumed them up. INCREDIBLY fast across the tank and very agile. Great reflexes.
Far better predators than people give them credit for. The 5 barbs I did rescue are actually doing far better in greasers tank!
So if I get just one with a couple of cichlids will it off the cichlids. I have heard they are super aggresive
I have an oscar in with my dempsey too as of about 3 days ago.
Still no conflicts.
No two fish are alike though, which is where a lot of people slip up.
Lowering the temperature can also help calm aggressive cichlids. Bringing it down to 25ish from 27/28 can do wonders.
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