Jack Dempsey Cichlid
Named after a famous 1920's boxer due ot their aggressive nature and strong facial features, the Jack Dempsey is a popular Central American cichlid. The Jack Dempsey cichlid is native to Mexico and Honduras where it is found in slow-moving waters with warm, murky water and sand-bottomed canals. Locally known as the Mexican Blue Frontosa.
Like most cichlids, it is considered aggressive but can get along in a well-populated tank, tending to be more territorial if able to establish a territory to defend when kept with only a few other fish. They can get more aggressive as they grow - be sure ot house with similarly-sized fish, or transfer to a species-only tank with Jack Dempsey's of a similar size. It is recommended that Jack Demspeys are provided with plenty of hiding spaces such as driftwood and caves, as they can often be shy.
The Jack Dempsey cichlid is sensitive to bright light, and will be more active during half-light. Take care when housing with plants, Jack Dempseys have been known to vandalise greenery.
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Approx. delivered size: 7-10cm
Maximum size: 15cm
Origin: Central America, Mexico, Honduras
Ideal number kept together: 2+
Hardness: 9-20 dGH
Temperature: 22–30 °C
Ease of care
Moderate. They are a hardy Cichlid so are not difficult to keep. Aggressive natured.
House with similar sized American Cichlids. They will be aggressive when breeding.
Fairly easy to breed, will lay their eggs on a flat hard surface such as rocks/logs, or the glass bottom of an aquarium. Know to incubate and guard eggs, although it is not uncommon for them to eat eggs and fry if unsettled.
They will typically live for 3-5 years in captivity in perfect conditions.
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