Jack Dempsey Cichlid - Archocentrus octofasciatum Archocentrus octofasciatum
Jack Dempsey Cichlid


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Jack Dempsey Cichlid - Archocentrus octofasciatum

Species name: Archocentrus octofasciatum

Synonym: Cichlasoma octofasciatus; Heros octofasciatus

Common name: Jack Dempsey

Family: Cichlidae

Order: Perciformes

Class: Actinopterygii

Maximum size: 25 cm / 10 inches

Environment: freshwater

Origin: Yucatan Peninsula, Central America

Temperament: Aggressive

Company: Archocentrus octofasciatum (Jack Dempsey) should only be kept with other large aggressive species

Water parameters: Temperature 22-39°C / 72-86°F; pH 7.0 – 8.0

Aquarium setup: Archocentrus octofasciatum (Jack Dempsey) should be kept in a large aquarium with a lot of caves and hiding places. They prefer a thick layer of gravel on the bottom that allows them to dig. Place large rocks directly on the glass. Do not use plants in the decoration since they will be destroyed.

Feeding: Archocentrus octofasciatum (Jack Dempsey) accepts all kind of food.

Breeding: Archocentrus octofasciatum (Jack Dempsey) spawns on flat rocks. The parents dig a pit where they but the larvae one the eggs hatched. This species is usally good parents that take good care of their fry.

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Jack Dempsey Cichlid. Copyright www.jjphoto.dk

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Juvenile Jack Dempsey Cichlid. Copyright www.jjphoto.dk

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Jack Dempsey Cichlid - Archocentrus octofasciatum