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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    He's so cute! Have you tried pellet foods? I find larger fish can't get enough nutrition per bite with flakes. I feed all my fish a variety of pellets as a staple, pellet size according to the size of the fish.

    Frozen foods are more of treat for the fish, they are not very high in protein, which your Dempsey will need for growth.

    Some pellet brands I like to use
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    NorthFin (1mm cichlid pellets)
    You know what I just started feeding him omega one cichlid color enhancing pellets. Before that he was just eating dried shrimps. I was feeding him those because he seemed to really like them but now he's really gobbling up those pellets! So I've been feeding him a lot of those.
    He is an adorable fish. He's always looking for me and gets so excited when I come up to the tank. It's like he knows that he's my favorite fish lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    He's so cute! Have you tried pellet foods? I find larger fish can't get enough nutrition per bite with flakes. I feed all my fish a variety of pellets as a staple, pellet size according to the size of the fish.

    Frozen foods are more of treat for the fish, they are not very high in protein, which your Dempsey will need for growth.

    Some pellet brands I like to use
    New Life Spectrum (start with 0.5mm 'Grow' pellets)
    Omega One
    Fluval Bug Bites (cichlid formula size, red colored container)
    NorthFin (1mm cichlid pellets)
    New Life Spectrum Grow Pellets would probably be best!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunscream1488 View Post
    You know what I just started feeding him omega one cichlid color enhancing pellets. Before that he was just eating dried shrimps. I was feeding him those because he seemed to really like them but now he's really gobbling up those pellets! So I've been feeding him a lot of those.
    He is an adorable fish. He's always looking for me and gets so excited when I come up to the tank. It's like he knows that he's my favorite fish lol
    That's awesome, brings a smile to my face, I know what you mean about a social fish. They are so fun to keep! I'm happy you found the fish for you!

    Those NLS grow pellets have the most protein, but the pellets are quite tiny. Comparable to the Omega One color pellets.

    Another thing that can stunt fish is nitrates (bi-product of nitrogen cycle). I know you don't test fir them, and you do a weekly water change, but you might want to pick up a nitrate test when you have a chance, since you want to make sure you're changing enough out weekly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    Another thing that can stunt fish is nitrates (bi-product of nitrogen cycle). I know you don't test fir them, and you do a weekly water change, but you might want to pick up a nitrate test when you have a chance, since you want to make sure you're changing enough out weekly.
    Agree with this - there are people who change very little of their water weekly (like 10%) and if the nitrates are too high, that amount won't help. It's possible your water is fine, but higher nitrates can be harmful as well as pointed out above. Hope your fish starts getting bigger!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stlouisfish View Post
    Agree with this - there are people who change very little of their water weekly (like 10%) and if the nitrates are too high, that amount won't help. It's possible your water is fine, but higher nitrates can be harmful as well as pointed out above. Hope your fish starts getting bigger!
    I usually do between 25 and 50% when I change the water and occasionally I'll skip a week. I have a liquid api master test kit. I'll check the nitrates asap

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    That's awesome, brings a smile to my face, I know what you mean about a social fish. They are so fun to keep! I'm happy you found the fish for you!

    Those NLS grow pellets have the most protein, but the pellets are quite tiny. Comparable to the Omega One color pellets.

    Another thing that can stunt fish is nitrates (bi-product of nitrogen cycle). I know you don't test fir them, and you do a weekly water change, but you might want to pick up a nitrate test when you have a chance, since you want to make sure you're changing enough out weekly.
    I actually have 2 angel fish in my 40 gallon that are extremely social. They're always looking for someone to pay attention to them. They like to nip at my fingers and stuff, it's great. I have a electric blue jack dempsey and 3 blue rams in there with them along with 3 BN plecos that are constantly mating lol

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    That's great! I keep many of those fish as well. I am big fan of the more docile SA cichlids, as well as BN plecos :) I'm glad you are enjoying them. Your jack Dempsey is more a central American fish, and can be more aggressive than the other cichlids you have, so keep an eye on him as he grows older, but I have no experience myself with them. Just to let you know. He sounds like a friendly guy so far, and every cichlid had its own personality, so just keep an eye out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    That's great! I keep many of those fish as well. I am big fan of the more docile SA cichlids, as well as BN plecos :) I'm glad you are enjoying them. Your jack Dempsey is more a central American fish, and can be more aggressive than the other cichlids you have, so keep an eye on him as he grows older, but I have no experience myself with them. Just to let you know. He sounds like a friendly guy so far, and every cichlid had its own personality, so just keep an eye out.
    Ok thanks for all your help :)

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