Jack Dempsey color loss

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by crashcrf, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. crashcrfNew MemberMember

    Just got a new Jack. About 2 inches. He was pitch black when I picked him up now he is light grey. My water is fine Could it be from a new tank? Or jut stressed because he is the smaller of the cichilds in the tank ?

  2. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    JD's change color according to their moods and environment. If he's not showing any other signs of illness, I wouldn't be overly concerned.

    What are your exact water parameters?

  3. crashcrfNew MemberMember

  4. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    Yep, from your parameters, I'd say if he's eating and acting normally, you can chalk it up to "crazy cichlid" life:)
  5. crashcrfNew MemberMember

    How can I tell if I'm under or over feeding? I have about 8 Africans in s 55 gallon
  6. platy benWell Known MemberMember

    Is he in with africans?
    This may be the problem, suprisingly, africans are too aggresive for a jack dempsey, especially a youngster.
  7. crashcrfNew MemberMember

    I bought him from a friend with a 125 gallon with about 60 cichlids in it he was black when I picked him up. Pure black
  8. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    Who are his tankmates? Could you upgrade your aquarium information?
  9. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    its normal for jacks to go black...moods will do that as others have said...and hes telling you the africans probably arent playing nice.....africans also have different water/food requirements and jd's dont belong in with them :(
  10. crashcrfNew MemberMember

    I guess he will be less stressed as he gets bigger and becomes more dominant. Maybe more hiding areas. Thanks for the help
  11. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    he needs different food(meats) and ph levels than the others...and from my experience with both africans and jd's , he wont ever be able to be more dominant with africans...especially the more the africans grow.....but goodluck!

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