Jack Dempsey Cichlid

Central American Cichlid | Jack Dempsey Cichlid

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name: Nandopsis octofasciatum

Common Name: Dempsey Cichlid, Jack Dempsey Fish

Adult Size: 10 inches

Life Expectancy: 10 -15 years

Habitat: North and Central America; Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Yucatan, and Honduras

Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions:

  • Temperature Range: 75 - 82°F
  • pH Range: 7.0 - 8.0
  • Water Hardness: 5 - 15

Temperament: Semi-aggressive. The Jack Dempsey has demonstrated a tolerant attitude towards tankmates. That being said, as this fish ages it can tend to become more territorial and aggressive, especially when it is time for them to spawn. If they become too aggressive to co-habitat with the other members of the tank, it is recommended they be transferred to a species only tank. If keeping more than one, it is easier and safer for them to keep them in large groups rather than in pairs.

Diet & Nutrition:  Omnivore, will eat flakes, pellets, freeze dried and live foods. Give them a varied diet with lots of protein.

Breeding & Spawning: The Jack Dempsey Cichlid has been bred in captivity. They are one of the easiest cichlids to get to spawn but as pairs they can become territorial, intolerant, and biters. The Dempsey fish are egg layers. The female will lay 500-800 eggs on carefully cleaned rocks. They form a nuclear family. The fry are kept in pits and are guarded by both the male and female in the manner of "monogamous cichlid" breeders.

Gender: The male has a longer and more pointed dorsal fin than the female. The male may also have a round black spot in the center of the body and at the base of the tail. The female has fewer spots than the male.