Jack dempsey - Cichlasoma octofasciatum
Scientific name: Cichlasoma octofasciatum
Common name: Jack dempsey
Usual size in fish tanks: 15 - 20 cm (5.91 - 7.87 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 18 - 30°N (321.43 - 535.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 25 - 28 °C (77 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Central America
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Jack dempsey’s will eat small fish, earthworms, snails, insects as well as plants, vegetables, lettuce.
The top edge of the dorsal fin is coloured into dark red, and males have a pointed genital papilla.
You’ll need an acidic (pH level below 7.0) and relatively soft water (dGH about 12). Naturally, increase the temperature. Eggs are laid on a previously cleaned rock.
Jack dempsey’s use to live about 10 years, but they can also live for 13 or even more years.Source: fish.mongabay.com/cichlasoma.htm.
Thanks to Kevin and Corey Bower who have allowed us to use the pictures. Also thanks to Jeremie and Ben! Some pictures were bought from jjphoto.dk.