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09-25-2014, 04:43 PM #1
Tank Mates for an Electric Blue Jack Dempsey - 75 Gallon tank
I was Hoping that someone could give me some ideas for tank mates for an Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Male) in a 75 gallon tank. He is about 4" and is currently in a 90 gallon with an 8" regular Jack (Male), 5-6" male convit, 6" African Featherfin Catfish, and 5 Tiger Barbs (about 2.5-3"). I'm Planning on re-homing the Convict due to aggression from the regular Jack, who currently ignores the EBJD, but I want to move the EBJD first so he dosn't get the brunt of the aggression.
Here are some of the options I have right now (this list is for options only and not what I plan to put in):
Angel fish (heard they might be a good candidate)
School of Tiger Barbs
Green Terror (heard of people keeping these with EBJDs, but I'm not convinced they are a good match)
Catfish (any type)
Open to suggestions, but would like to keep it to Central/South American Cichlids. Ideally I would like to have the EBJD and maybe 1 or 2 more cichlids
Thanks and I look forward to all the suggestions!
09-25-2014, 09:46 PM #2
If you're looking at a 75 gallon I would steer clear of anything else that will get over 6 or 7 inches. A firemouth would be a good choice. Honduran Red Points are awesome and I think would make a great match. You could conceivably get away with one of each with the EBJD. Maybe a school of rainbow cichlids with the EBJD as they stay at or under 4", you could do with about 5 of those guys.
09-25-2014, 09:49 PM #3
Last edited by stalefish83; 09-25-2014 at 09:52 PM.
09-26-2014, 02:52 PM #4
Thanks for the reply Stalefish. The Firemouth is on the top of my list, but I think the Honduran Red Points look a little too much like Convicts (the females even have the same red bellies) to me. Is there any other medium sized Cichlids that could work? What about the Angels or Festivum? Thanks!
09-26-2014, 10:11 PM #5
I would think you could put some nics in. Or maby I'm wrong
09-26-2014, 10:31 PM #6
Nics are another option. Once they color up they are amazing!
I've never had any experience with angels, but I've done a lot of research on American cichlids, have looked at a lot of tanks and I have never seen anyone mix angels and jacks. It seems like an odd pairing to me, I don't think angels would survive a jack.
I can't really speak for festivum's either, but they may fair better than angels. Someone else may have chime in on that.
HRPs are the same genus as convicts, but they're generally not as mean (each fish has his own temperament, of course).
If FM's are on the top of your list you should look at some different thoricthys fish, like the eliotti (T. eliotti)
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09-27-2014, 03:54 PM #7
Wow the Eliotti looks awesome! I was at petco yesterday and the had an electric blue acara. Would one of these work?
09-27-2014, 04:19 PM #8
image.jpgScientific Name: Hypsophrys nicaraguensis
Pronunciation: hp-sf-rz nk--r-gwn-ss
Common Name(s): 'Nic', Macaw Cichlid
Geo. Origin: Nicaragua
Gender Differences: Dimorphic
Breeding: Substrate Spawner
Temperament: Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament: Aggressive
Maximum Size: 10"
Temperature: 76 - 80°F
pH: 7.4 - 8.4
Water Hardness: Hard
Photo Credit: Kostas Mixalop
Females are much smaller, growing to barely 2/3'rd's the size of adult males. This species is considered one of the most popular New World cichlids kept in the aquarium today. A true 'Classic'! It's reliable and peaceful disposition, combined with an outrageously bright coloration will insure this cichlid remains a favorite with Cichlid-Keepers everywhere.
Last edited by Legion; 09-27-2014 at 04:24 PM.
09-27-2014, 04:52 PM #9
How fast do Nics grow? They seem a little on the large side. Beautiful fish though
09-27-2014, 06:26 PM #10
Wow. That is a beautiful fish!