Electric Blue Jack Dempsey - Compatibility
Hello, I'm new to this forum. I am getting a 50-55 gallon tank for my birthday. I was planning on having canister filtration and gravel for my substrate. Lots of caves and hiding places. I wanted to get 2 EBJDs and if they get to big I will take them to a pet shop and get new ones. I am going to put some sort of catfish in there and I need suggestions. My last question is; when they are little I want my tank a little more lively so I want fish to put in there with them that don't get to big but just enough to coexist with them. Thanks in advance for the advice.
Hello and welcome to the forum.
One thing to ask about is what are your water parameters from the tap/faucet such as nitrate, pH level.
There are a few things you should know first off, am not putting you down, but why buy a fish only to take it back? You are agreeing by purchasing a fish to take care of it for its life.
Also Electric Blues when small are very prone to parasites until they reach over 3 inches. Many people who keep them need to monitor water parameters and not overfeed them. A lot of people also utilize a UV filter to keep parasites at bay.
Dont be disheartened by this but I would seriously consider keeping the EBJD by itself, they are stunning fish IF they reach adulthood. In a smaller tank such as yours even with the fish growing up together, they will fight eventually.
Red Severum work as tank mates along with some larger species of Tetra. Blood parrots are also compatible with them.
I had a Jack Dempsey (original kind) that lived for years with a school.of 5 pictus catfish in a 75 gal. I thought they made a great combination. I've never kept the electric blue variety, so I don't know how different they are as far as compatability .
Id just stick with the one EBJD.
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