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Jack Dempsey Fish for Sale
A large ornery Central American Cichlid. But the Electric Blue and Electric Pink variations do not grow as large and are not as ornery, so they are better aquarium fish in most cases.     
     
Jack Dempsey Fish for sale  
     
Above: a Jack Dempsey Fish for sale in our online store. This fish is an Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Fish, which was swimming in one of our beautiful planted aquariums, when one of us took this picture.    
     
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3060 Jack Dempsey Fish for sale
Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Cichlid for sale
Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
 
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Rather Rare
Electric Blue
Jack Dempsey 

 
Pictures: a young 3" Male, above, and below a 1.5" Electric Blue Jack Dempsey. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
This is the same species as the regular Jack Dempsey. This is a color variation. Just like there are color variations of many other animals. But his is a very beautiful variation. It also grows to a smaller size, which is good for most aquariums and it's less aggressive than the regular Jack Dempsey, which is also good. This is a better aquarium fish than the regular Jack Dempsey.
 
Scientific name: Rocio
octofaciatus
 
 
       
30JD Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Cichlid for sale
Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Cichlid for sale
Electric Blue Jack Dempsey Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
 
Premium
Rather Rare
Electric Blue
Jack Dempsey 

 
Pictures: a young 3" Male, above, and below a 1.5" Electric Blue Jack Dempsey. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
This is the same species as the regular Jack Dempsey. This is a color variation. Just like there are color variations of many other animals. But his is a very beautiful variation. It also grows to a smaller size, which is good for most aquariums, and it's less aggressive than the regular Jack Dempsey, which is also good. This is a better aquarium fish than the regular Jack Dempsey.
 
Scientific name: Rocio
octofaciatus
 
 
       
3063 Electric Pink Jack Dempsey for sale  
Premium
Rather Rare
Electric Pink
Jack Dempsey 

 
Pictures: a young 3" Male, above, and below a 1.5" Electric Pink Jack Dempsey. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
This is the same species as the regular Jack Dempsey. This is a color variation. Just like there are color variations of many other animals. But his is a very beautiful variation. It also grows to a smaller size, which is good for most aquariums, and it's less aggressive than the regular Jack Dempsey, which is also good. This is a better aquarium fish than the regular Jack Dempsey.
 
Scientific name: Rocio
octofaciatus
 
 
       
30D1 Jack Dempsey Cichlids at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for a Cichlid.
 

Jack Dempsey Cichlids at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for a Cichlid.
Jack Dempsey Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
 
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Jack Dempsey
Cichlid

 
Pictures: these pictures show the same 5" long male Jack Dempsey in the top three pictures. The bottom picture shows the same fish now about 7" long with his beautiful mature coloration.  Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
This is a very aggressive and ornery fish species, but their owners usually love them a lot and constantly talk about how wonderful their Jack Dempseys are!!  ;^ }
 
It's very rewarding to get a small one and raise it up, but some of our customers have one big aquarium with big fish, and a small Jack Dempsey might not survive. So we offer a few big ones from time to time.
 
Scientific name: Rocio octofaciatus
 
 
       
30D3 Jack Dempsey Cichlids at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for a Cichlid.
 

Jack Dempsey Cichlids at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for a Cichlid.
Jack Dempsey Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
 
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Jack Dempsey
Cichlid

 
Pictures: these pictures show the same 5" long male Jack Dempsey in the top three pictures. The bottom picture shows the same fish now about 7" long with his beautiful mature coloration.  Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
This is a very aggressive and ornery fish species, but their owners usually love them a lot and constantly talk about how wonderful their Jack Dempseys are!!  ;^ }
 
It's very rewarding to get a small one and raise it up, but some of our customers have one big aquarium with big fish, and a small Jack Dempsey might not survive. So we offer a few big ones from time to time.
 
Scientific name: Rocio octofaciatus
 
 
       

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Comments: These are awesome fish that grow big and develop great rich color.

Origin: The ancestors of the Jack Dempseys lived along the east coast of Central America from the Río Actopan river in Mexico south to eastern Honduras. But now they live in aquariums all over the world. 

Maximum Size: In aquariums they can grow to be about 8" long. The Electric Blue variation and the Pinkish Electric Blue variation seem to have a smaller maximum size, and they are usually not as aggressive.

Behaviors: Jack Dempsey are usually very aggressive and ornery, they can be territorial as they mature.

Compatibility: These fish do best with similar aggressive cichlid species plus a large Plecostomus and prickly catfish like a Pictus. Click here to read more about compatible groups of pet fish.

Temperature: Jack Dempsey live best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.

Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for Cichlids to eat. Feed them small pellets when young, then gradually increase the size until they are mature. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.

Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity. Click here for a lot more information about aquarium water conditions.

Aquarium Size: Jack Dempseys will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water.

Decor: Jack Dempseys do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water. Click here for more about aquarium gravel.

Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but these Jack Dempseys will constantly dig in the gravel and uproot any plants that may be in the tank. They like medium size gravel about the size of rice mixed with a few aquarium-safe rocks.

Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for Jack Dempsey. Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.

The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.

Life Span: Jack Dempseys can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely live for many years, and breed to produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.

Gender: we don't know how to tell males from females just by looking at them, when they're young and less than about 2.5" long. As they begin to grow larger than 2.5" the males develop more pointed fins and a more intense coloration. When mature the males are much more colorful.

Breeding: Jack Dempsey females lay their eggs on flat rocks on the bottom of the aquarium, and the male fertilizes them, then both parents protect the eggs. Click here for a lot more about breeding various tropical fish in aquariums.

Popularity: Jack Dempseys have been a very popular aquarium fish for a long-long time.

Names: Their scientific name is Rocio octofasciata.

Variations: There are several variation including the Electric Blue variation and a pinkish variation of the Electric Blue variation.

Click here for a lot more information about keeping and caring for Jack Dempseys, including a picture gallery.

We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrT - 01/14/2015

 
 
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