Jack Dempsey dithers

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by MarkCamp3, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. MarkCamp3Valued MemberMember

    What would be some good dithers for a Jack Dempsey tank. I was going to do giant danios but I want to keep it more "realistic" as mine are wild caught.

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  2. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    So you want to keep fish from where it is from? Like a biotope? How many do you have? Are they in a 75?

  3. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Possibly livebearers, swords. Though theyre notexactly in the same water, cave tetras are nearby.
    i understand that varations n mexican tetras cross over when dempseys are found in river areas, they are also found in swamps, so it would depend on which you are emulating.

  4. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    There aren't many CA tetras that are readily available. Livebearers would work if you have hard water, although Swordtails grow big, females up to 6".
    As far as the JDs are concerned, anything peaceful and too big to eat would be ok.

  5. MarkCamp3Valued MemberMember

    Their in a 55 alone right now.

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  6. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    You will have more options if they don't have to be from Central America.
  7. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    An awful lot more.... :)

    A 55 should be ok for a young pair, but they will outgrow it.
  8. hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    Please don't keep Cave Tetras with them, they'll be killed. Being blind, they won't be able to respect the pair's territory and will keep swimming through it. It won't be pretty....
  9. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    There are mexican tetras available that are not blind though.
  10. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    You mean a different species?
    I remember reading that the babies are born with eyes, then they fall off.....
  11. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Lol, they dont fall off, they get covered up, but yes there are a few variations.
    some never loose sight.

    there are actuqlly several i think

    mistakenly they are all believed to be blind cave tetras
  12. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Some are called banded tetras,
    i could reccomend guppies or crystal tetras, but tha seems unwise

    i wouldnt underestimate bandeds, ive heard of them picking on cichlids in some cases
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2015
  13. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Oh, right lol.... now I remember.

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