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SCOOTER
04-12-2006, 05:11 PM
Hello, I recently purchased two small jack dempseys (2 inches) and was wondering what type of bottom feeder I can put in with them. My tank is 55 gallons, any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Full3R
04-13-2006, 05:26 AM
Any Catfish of smiliar size like Red tailed or a large pleco would go well i think as long as there is numerous hiding places for them of course

rollie
04-13-2006, 10:53 AM
the jack dempeys can get to 8 inches in size, or more. they can be a mean fish. so i would be very carefully what i put with him. the red tailed catfish only get to about 4 feet in length.

SCOOTER
04-13-2006, 12:20 PM
Thanks for the info guys! I will be purchasing some type of Pleco this weekend, unless anyone can think of a better option to clean up after my Dempseys.

William
04-13-2006, 07:05 PM
the red tailed catfish only get to about 4 feet in length.

Only 4 feet. thats a nice way of putting it ;-)

SCOOTER
04-13-2006, 07:23 PM
William, what's your opinion on a bottom feeder to go with my Jack Dempseys.

William
04-14-2006, 12:29 AM
How do you decorate your tank?

I usually keep dempsey, managuense, festae and the like with bristlenosed catfish. It usually work well a long as there are hiding places for the catfish which usually are left alone by the cichlids. Don't except more than a few of the catfish fry to survive in sush a setup.

SCOOTER
04-14-2006, 02:00 AM
My tank has slate made into a cave, fake driftwood with the center hollowed out (my Dempseys favorite so far), one large arched pillar and two small arched pillars, and I recently bought a fake stump with a ton of caves cut into it. I have not put the stump in yet, I'm going to redecorate when I do a water change this weekend. Almost forgot, I have four floating live plants (not potted).

William
04-14-2006, 02:26 AM
Sounds like there are a quite a few hiding places in the tank. If atleast a number of them are too small for the dempsey once thee grow a little larger I think Bristlenosed catfish will do very well and breed in the tank with the dempsey.

They seem to be to small and to different to be left alone by large aggressive cichlids.

Full3R
04-14-2006, 04:24 AM
the red tailed catfish only get to about 4 feet in length.

Thats the same size as my goldfish aquarium :P

rollie
04-14-2006, 04:36 AM
they can and been know to go even bigger, then that.

Full3R
04-14-2006, 04:37 AM
Wow, My Samon Tailed Catfish is only like 7 inches LOL

SCOOTER
04-14-2006, 01:12 PM
William, how many Bristlenose catfish would you suggest I put in my tank?

William
04-14-2006, 05:38 PM
I think 4-6 not to small will be enough. You can add more later if you notice that the ones you have can't controll the algea growth.

Besides they will become more of time ;-)

SCOOTER
04-14-2006, 11:27 PM
I purchased the last three Bristlenose Catfish a local pet shop had left. Thanks for all the advice!

William
04-14-2006, 11:32 PM
Let me know how it turns out.

Full3R
04-15-2006, 06:31 AM
Bristlenoses wouldn't be a good choice to keep with my oscars would they?

William
04-15-2006, 07:20 PM
They might be. I can't say for sure. There is a risk that a fully grown oscar would make a snack out of one. I think A little larger species would be better with oscars.

cassie
09-17-2006, 05:25 AM
i have a jack dempsey that is about 6 inches all of a sudden he turned bright a bright pink color, any ideas about what caused it. thanks