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post #1 of 3 Old 01-10-2020, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Jack Dempsey eggs!

I was surprised this morning when my female Jack Dempsey “Shelly Duval” was very dark black and intense looking. She was not her normal social self and didn’t rush to me for breakfast. Low and behold I found that she had laid eggs for the first time! Her and Jack made this huge pit in the middle of their 75 gallon tank and both are kind of trading off sitting on the eggs. My question though is I planned on doing a water change and cleaning algae this weekend in the tank. Algae grows so fast in there! I don’t want to disturb the eggs at all or get them dirty and contaminated as I’m cleaning! I don’t know if I should leave the tank as is or if there are any other options? I’m so excited for babies!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-10-2020, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Shelly telling me she doesn’t want me looking at her eggs
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-13-2020, 11:17 AM
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Hello Jer...

It takes roughly three days for viable eggs to hatch. So, if you're in the habit of taking very good care of the tank water, you can easily wait three days before the next tank cleaning. If after this time, there are no fry, you could go ahead with your normal cleaning routine.

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