Jack Dempsey Tricks
Hi I would like to hand feed my JD and teach him tricks. I would like to know how i go about doing this and if he bites me will it draw blood? Tell me about your JDs and what they used to do and how you taught them.
I think jd's as a whole are pretty shy and wouldn't work very well teaching tricks but hey I have heard goldfish do it so maybe. You can hand feed almost anything as long as it will come to the surface but JD's have pretty big chompers when full grown. I don't think it would draw blood but it would probably hurt. I hand feed my nicaraguensis. They just come to the surface and nibble from my hand but even they at 3-5" have pretty big chompers. As for teaching tricks... not my department, I suggest you do a google or youtube search for it although I have never seen it done for anything but goldfish and oscars thou. Not saying it won't work just never seen it done.
Have probably kept close to a dozen of the Jack Dempsey's over the years and do not consider adult Dempsey's to be very shy. Grouchy would be my description, and as these fish reach adult size,I would be hesitant to place finger's in the tank.
Have had those that would take bits of krill,silversides,and earthworms from my hand but if it is tricks and handfeeding that I was interested in, I would purchase a puppy.
I try to keep my hands out of the aquarium as much as possible due to how easy it is to forget where the hands have been. Is easy to introduce,soap,perfumes,cologne:brow: hand lotions,etc to the enviornment the fish lives in and thus cause the sickness or death of the fishes.:-(.
I am always a bit put off by those who want to or do,,, hold the fish ,pet the fish,or tease the fish with foods .
A dog or a cat would be much more desireable in my opinion.
Although I won't completely put you off of training your fish. It won't hurt your fish or anything and there's nothing wrong with adding enrichment to a solo fishes life IMO. In the end it's up to you.
My JD will jump completely out the water for a cricket but that's it. When I had two Oscars, I could put my hand in and pet them on the side. They seem to form a bound with the owner if you provide the correct sized tank and habitat.
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