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Msstate12
08-12-2007, 01:44 PM
I have a 70 gallon tank with two oscars. They have lived alone in the tank for 3-4 months now. But yesterday i went out and bought a Jack Dempsey and a Chocolate Cichlid. And the Jack is terrorising the other fish.

Help me do something before he kills my beloved oscars.

YaYgoldFish
08-12-2007, 03:32 PM
take him out?

TowBoater
08-12-2007, 09:36 PM
Only thing you can do is take him out. You have to introduce them fish of that aggression at a young age to get them to get along.

gm72
08-12-2007, 09:46 PM
70 gallons is far too small for 2 oscars, a Jack, and another fish. You have aggressive fish, they may very well bully each other literally to death. As Kuli said, the only real way to avoid aggression is to have them grow up together. Any way you look at this situation it will not be a positive outcome.

Dave66
08-12-2007, 10:04 PM
I kept a Jack Dempsey for close to 25 years alone because he'd kill anything that entered his tank. The only thing he tolerated was two enormous 18-year-old common plecos.

Dave

TowBoater
08-12-2007, 10:06 PM
Yea, nothing really bothers plecos. I love jacks! They have one at my LFS that is full grown that I would have put in my 55 by himself if I could re-do it, he is so neat, he follows your finger and is constantly doing stuff.

gm72
08-12-2007, 10:13 PM
I kept a Jack Dempsey for close to 25 years alone because he'd kill anything that entered his tank. The only thing he tolerated was two enormous 18-year-old common plecos.

Dave

Wow, 18 years old. Very cool. They must have been beasts!

Jack Dempseys are indeed cool, but only if they are in the right environment. Msstate, you really should try to return those fish to the shop before the inevitable happens.

Dave66
08-12-2007, 10:18 PM
The plecos were refugees from my elder sister's 15-gallon tank. She was ignorant of the size the achieve. The pair was closing in on 20 inches when they and Jack died after a state wide power outage state wide due to an ice storm. Was a real bummer.

Dave

TowBoater
08-12-2007, 10:32 PM
Man, I hate to hear of that, older fish that you have taken care of for so long and then something you can't prevent happens and they pass on. I am sorry for your loss.

gm72
08-12-2007, 10:34 PM
20 inches. Wow, and deceased due to an ice storm. Must have been a rough loss.

RobbieG
08-12-2007, 10:55 PM
I keep all of my tanks on 1500-2000 VA battery backups JIC (we lose the power a LOT up here in the winter. I have them each plugged into one and I keep one apiece charged as a backup.

AquaQueen
08-14-2007, 05:00 PM
I just wanted to say that all JD's are different. I bought one thinking he was aggressive and only seen that side of him once when he was in the tank with my Gourami. Then when I had the two JD'S together with my Oscars they were not aggressive at all it was the Oscars being mean to them. I think it all depends on the fish and the environment they are in.

TowBoater
08-14-2007, 05:57 PM
That is true as well, fish have personalities like people. Some are mean, some are nice, some have a lot of mood swings.:ezpi_wink1: O and you can't forget the crazy ones.thumbs2:

Dave66
08-14-2007, 08:12 PM
The fish were in a large tank at my mother's house in Mississippi. I live about six hours or so from her. I'd have driven down to get Jack and the boys had I known, but the phone lines as well as the electricity were out for about 10 days. You bet I was crushed.

Dave