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I am feeding Ocean nutrition's cichlid flake with 52 percent protein, Chopped frozen krill, cichlid crisps, Bio- gold Cichlid pellets, Frozen blood worms, Frozen brine shrimp, Frozen Mysis shrimp, and occasional chopped up earth worms. I am changing 25 percent of the water three times per week until the dempsey reaches it's potential growth. I wish you good luck with your fish as well.;-)
 

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Once a week water changes would no doubt be sufficent. I used to keep Discus and found that frequent water changes were needed due to the numerous daily feedings while they were young and the foods offered. I am afraid the routine became a habit. Funny,, the frequent water changes were one of the reasons I found new homes for the Discus but yet I can't seem to let the tanks go for a week between changes.:|
 

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Came home from work yesterday and while relaxing on the couch,, I was somewhat amused at the young Electric Blue Dempsey. I had chopped up some krill and placed it in the tank and the synodontis Quickly picked up the scent as well as the jack. The young dempsey approx three inches,, began chasing the nearly Six inch Synodontis away from the Krill. He soon grabbed a piece that was a bit too large for him to swallow and swam into a hollowed out artificial log. Only then was the synodontis able to quickly grab it's share. Up until yesterday,, The Dempsey eyed the synodontis with some concern but always kept it's distance. Have also found that the hairs on my arm are of some interest to the Dempsey when performing tank maint and that the gravel vac,, Is to be attacked any time it comes within twelve inches of the Dempsey.
I am having some degree of trouble getting the young Dempsey to take floating pellets, and sinking pellets often go unmolested for some time before the young Dempsey will take them. I have tried soaking them to soften them a bit but it is as though the Fish wants to be certain that there is no frozen food to be had before it will commit. Ditto for flake food as well.
I feel I must acclimate the fish to as much variety as is possible in order to ensure health and I am thankful for the Synodontis who displays no apprehension with regards to what it eats.
Am going to re arrange the tank once again this weekend in my thus far futile attempt to find something we can all live with.
 

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I seem to be having the same problem with mine. I picked up some Cichlid BIO-GOLD+ pellets from the store(Owner told me was the best thing for growth). I was feeding him sinking Cichlid GOLD and he seemed to slowly eat them. But he wont swim to the top to get the new stuff. :(. On that note i also decided to try him with some feeder guppies. I put 5 in his tank. This was a bad idea. He is eating about 1 everyother day. And one of them was prego and now i have about 15 very small baby guppies at the top of his tank swiming around. He is still eating the big ones because there is only 2 guppies left. All of the fry seems untouched though :(
 

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Yesterday i was changing my water and i put my jack dempsey in a bucket... i started siphoning the water and didnt notice till 10 mins later that my jack dempsey had gotten out of the bucket... (i couldn't notice it had gotten out cuz i had the air line in the bucket for oxygen so i couldn't see)
right now my jack dempsey is staying at the bottom starting to swim a little bit...
wat can i do to make him better?
wat can i add to the water?
do u think that freshwater salt would help?
melafix or pemafix?
wat could i do ???
help please i don't want him to die!!!!
Please help me!
THANKs!... : )
 

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I seem to be having the same problem with mine. I picked up some Cichlid BIO-GOLD+ pellets from the store(Owner told me was the best thing for growth). I was feeding him sinking Cichlid GOLD and he seemed to slowly eat them. But he wont swim to the top to get the new stuff. :(. On that note i also decided to try him with some feeder guppies. I put 5 in his tank. This was a bad idea. He is eating about 1 everyother day. And one of them was prego and now i have about 15 very small baby guppies at the top of his tank swiming around. He is still eating the big ones because there is only 2 guppies left. All of the fry seems untouched though :(
Feeder fish ,,unless you are raising them, Is the quickest way I know to introduce disease and or parasites to your tank. All it takes is one sick feeder fish to pass on the disease to your fish. And feeder fish aren't all that healthy for your fish unless as stated,, you are raising them and feeding them with high protein foods and vitamins. Best to stick with prepared (store bought ) foods in my view.;-)
 

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Yesterday i was changing my water and i put my jack dempsey in a bucket... i started siphoning the water and didnt notice till 10 mins later that my jack dempsey had gotten out of the bucket... (i couldn't notice it had gotten out cuz i had the air line in the bucket for oxygen so i couldn't see)
right now my jack dempsey is staying at the bottom starting to swim a little bit...
wat can i do to make him better?
wat can i add to the water?
do u think that freshwater salt would help?
melafix or pemafix?
wat could i do ???
help please i don't want him to die!!!!
Please help me!
THANKs!... : )
Shouldn't be any need to remove the fish during water changes of twenty to twenty five percent each week. I would NOT use any medications at this time and simply observe the fish. Many times, water changes are best medicine. Your fish , other than the jumping from the bucket,, does not sound sick to me. Do invest in syphon for water changes if you don't already have one. You should not remove fish from tank during water changes and tank should be cleaned a little each week during water changes. One week, clean the filter material by rinsing it or swishing it around in old aquarium water that you take out during changes. next week, clean the glass with clean paper towel folded into fourths or with algae scraper. Once each week,, Vaccum one area of the tanks gravel with gravel vac and a different area each week ,to remove any uneaten food and fish waste(poop). Hope some of this helps.
 

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Not wanting to "hijack" the other thread we posted in but wanting everyone to know you promised pics :):

"Electric Blue Jack Dempsey is doing well and appears to be growing faster than what some have reported their growth to be. I can only attribute the growth to three to four small water changes per week ,which works well for young Discus,, and a wide variety of foods. He is especially fond of nightcrawlers which I chop up and feed in pieces. He has learned to compete with the Adult Multipunctatus Synodontis for if he is slow,, the synodontis gets the Lions share of the food. I have also placed a White spot,or snowball Pleco ,,along with Candy Striped Pleco in the tank. And with plenty of rock and wood for them to rest,hide ,, They too are faring well.
I have not forgot that I promised to try and post some photos and may be able to borrow a digital camera from one of the ladies at work.Then i shall attempt to find someone skilled at posting the photos for I fear,, I am much like a dinosaur who has suddenly awoke to find itself in an enviornment entirely foreign to him. Am also stubbornly resistent to accepting help lest someone inadvertantly,,rub my feathers the wrong way while pointing out "It's so easy, a Caveman could learn it." I am therefor being both secretive ,:roll:and selective in my search."
 
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