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Jack dempsey

Rocio octofasciata
(Cichlasoma octofasciatum)

 

 

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From: Brian
Date:11/03/2001
My Dempsey's name is George. George lives a solitary life in a twenty gallon tank. He has killed his last three tank mates, and the only thing I put in his tank that he did not eat were three little feeder fish I gave him. By the way, the reason these fish are called Jack Dempsey is because they are named after an old boxer who was a bad a**, just like George.
From: Rob
Date:01/22/2002
I am 41 years old and I have kept Dempseys on and off since I was 10 years old. There are a lot of fond memories of a couple of Jack`s that I had for years at different times. I remember as a boy I use to flip my friends out with a Jack I owned that would jump very high for earthworms. I recently acquired a young electra blue male from a friend of mine. I was pretty much burned out on caring for fish but I kept some tanks just in case for that special fish. This young male is beautiful. I hope he turns out to be one of those special fish. Just thought I would share that with you all.......Rob

From: cheyenna
Date:01/25/2002
I had a jack dempsey. This fish ate everything in site, oscar, zebra, rainbow fish and even tried to eat my pleco. Needless to say, he got a goldfish bowl and was on his way to a new owner. Now he's her problem.

From: Charles R.Jr.
Date:01/29/2002
I recently purchased two male Blue Jacks and two Females. I'm a beginner but these fish eat everything both live and otherwise. I am amazed at the way the two males battled for dominance but now all 4 fish hangout together in my 35 gallon tank. The females keep themselves out of the males ways til feeding time and then its on for real. I'm keeping them as a hobby and have had them for 2 months now. The males are about 3-3 1/2" and the Females likewise but just a little smaller. I am really excited about my new fish and named them after my 4 Children affectionately.

From: Ember~
Date:02/08/2002
I have two dempseys,two convicts,four jewels,two neon jewels,one green terror one geographus braziliensis,two jaguars and three texas cichlids and all of these are rather large and they all get along fine with no one being 'top fish' .I have them in an 8 foot tank.

From: Derek
Date:02/27/2002
Those bastards killed all my fish....my arowana, my oscar, my PLECO, and many more....I hated them and I called it the curse of the Jack Dempseys.......

From: Dave
Date:03/12/2002
These fish are named after probably the most brutal boxer ever, Jack Dempsey( The Musdoen Mauler ). Just like Jack Dempsey the boxer, who use to beat other boxers almost to death that were a lot bigger then him, these fish hold to the same aspect in the fish world. When I worked in a pet shop, I have seen Jacks attack fish a lot bigger than them. I have seen a Jack kill a adult Red-belly Piranha one time. I have seen a Jack attack a 27in. Gar one time with no fear whatsoever. With these fish being some of the smallest of the Cichlid world, they sure are mean and pack a big punch just like the boxer they are named after.

From: anonymous
Date:03/19/2002
These fish are named after probably the most brutal boxer ever, Jack Dempsey( The Musdoen Mauler ). Just like Jack Dempsey the boxer, who use to beat other boxers almost to death that were a lot bigger then him, these fish hold to the same aspect in the fish world. When I worked in a pet shop, I have seen Jacks attack fish a lot bigger than them. I have seen a Jack kill a adult Red-belly Piranha one time. I have seen a Jack attack a 27in. Gar one time with no fear whatsoever. With these fish being some of the smallest of the Cichlid world, they sure are mean and pack a big punch just like the boxer they are named after.

From: Prebla
Date:03/25/2002
I have my Dempsey pair with a albino oscar at 10 inch, Red Devil male 21 cm, pike cichlid 20 cm in a 85 galleon tank. My Dempsey male is 21 cm and the female is 12 cm. The Dempsey male rules the tank. He has killed a convict pair,jewel pair , 2 dempseys and a firemouth.

From: Michelle
Date:03/30/2002
I have a 29 gallon tank w/ a Tiger Oscar, and a Jack. The Jack always attacks my Oscar. I have never seen such an aggressive fish. And yes the Jack is a male,and is about the size of your index finger.

From: chris da fish pimp
Date:03/30/2002
I have a jack dempsey that lives with oscar 2 times his size and a red devil 3 times his size and they cant eat him its cool when i get him in a tank for just dempsey's hes gona be a hard a@# lol

 

 

 

 

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