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Jack Dempsey

The Jack Dempsey Cichlid

Rocio octofasciata

 

Native Location: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 25cm

Temperament: Aggressive

Diet: Carnivore

Breeding: Easy

Temperature Range: 24-27℃ (75-80℉)

Preferred pH Range: 6.0-8.0

Minimum Aquarium Size 270L (150cmX40cmX40cm)

Potential Tankmates: Electric Blue Acaras, Angelfish, Oscars, Firemouth Cichlids

Care Level: Easy

 

The Jack Dempsey cichlid, a fascinating creature named after the renowned boxer for its aggressive nature, is a visually stunning fish. Its dark, iridescent body is adorned with blue, green, and gold spots, making it a captivating addition to any aquarium. Originating from the calm waters of Central America, particularly in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, these fish thrive in environments with sandy or muddy substrates, abundant aquatic plants, and submerged roots or rocks for cover. They are known to coexist with other cichlids, catfish, and livebearers, displaying a complex social behaviour that adds to their allure.

 

Setting up the ideal aquarium for Jack Dempsey cichlids involves creating an environment that mimics their native habitat. A tank of at least 270L, with a sandy or fine gravel substrate, is recommended to allow for natural digging behaviours. Incorporate rocks and driftwood to provide hiding spots and territorial boundaries, essential for reducing aggression. Hardy aquatic plants like Java fern, Vallisneria and Anubias can be added for additional cover and aesthetic appeal. Ensure moderate water flow and subdued lighting to replicate their preferred slow-moving waters. Suitable tankmates include other robust fish like larger tetras, catfish, or similar-sized cichlids, ensuring enough space to minimise conflicts.

 

In the wild, Jack Dempsey cichlids primarily exhibit carnivorous tendencies, feeding on small invertebrates, insects, and crustaceans. To replicate this protein-rich diet in a home aquarium, offer high-quality cichlid pellets formulated for carnivores as the main staple. Supplement their diet with live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, krill, and small feeder fish to mimic their natural prey. This carnivorous diet supports their predatory instincts, vibrant colouration, and overall health, ensuring they thrive in a captive environment.

 

Breeding Jack Dempsey cichlids in a home aquarium is not difficult and can be a rewarding experience, given their relatively straightforward requirements. Begin by setting up a spacious tank of at least 350L to accommodate the breeding pair and their potential offspring. Provide flat rocks or ceramic pots to serve as spawning sites, as these cichlids prefer to lay their eggs on flat surfaces. Maintain a peaceful environment by ensuring compatible tankmates or opting for a species-only setup. Once the pair bonds, the female will lay hundreds of eggs, which both parents will guard and care for. The eggs typically hatch within three days, and the fry become free-swimming within a week. Feeding the fry with finely crushed flakes or specially formulated fry food will support their growth and development. Regular water changes and stable tank conditions are essential to maximise the survival rate of the young cichlids.

 

 

 

Dead on Arrival (DOA) Policy: In the unfortunate event that your fish arrives dead, please follow these steps: Within 12 hours of the delivery, take clear, unopened bag pictures showing the deceased fish. Send these photographs and your order number to our customer service email at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or to our Facebook page, and we will then offer a refund or store credit for the cost of the fish. 

Two-Week Guarantee Policy: We stand behind the health and quality of our fish, which is why we offer a two-week guarantee starting from the day of delivery. If your fish dies within this time frame, adhere to the following procedure: Take clear photos of the deceased fish. Using a reliable test kit, document water parameters (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite levels) via a dated image. Please email us the photographs, water parameters, and order number to getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or our Facebook page. After reviewing your claim, if approved, we will issue a store credit for the cost of the fish. Our two-week guarantee does not cover fish deaths due to unsuitable water conditions, incompatible tank mates or "disasters", i.e. a heater overheating. To prevent such situations, we recommend thoroughly researching each fish species' needs before introducing them to your aquarium. 

 Freight Charges: Please note that shipping or freight charges are non-refundable under all circumstances. We hope this guide makes our refund and guarantee process more understandable. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact us at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz. We are always happy to assist. Thank you for choosing The Fish Room. Happy fish keeping! 

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.

 

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