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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Jack Dempsey

Picture of Jack Dempsey cichlid
Common name Jack Dempsey
Scientific nameNandopsis octofasciatum
SynonymsCichlasoma octofasciatum (old genus name), also previously known as C. biocellatum
SizeUp to 8" (20cm).
OriginSouthern Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras
Tank setupA large tank with rocks and wood, plants are likely to be uprooted, although floating plants could be used.
CompatibilityOne of the more aggressive medium-sized cichlids, it is best kept alone or mixed with other robust cichlids, medium-sized catfish, etc.
Temperature21-25oC (70-77oF)
Water chemistrypH around neutral (6.5-7.5), medium hard
FeedingAn omnivore which will accept most foods, green foods can be offered occasionally.
SexingThe dorsal and anal fins of the male are more pointed.
BreedingPairs form easily and become very aggressive when breeding. A large number of eggs are laid on a rock, after which the fry are herded into pits.
Comments This can be a very aggressive fish, as the fact that it is named after a heavyweight boxer might suggest! However, it was originally kept back in a time when few similar cichlids were found in the hobby, so its reputation has probably been somewhat exaggerated.


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