too many jack dempseys.

dano569

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I have one 6 inch dempsey,one 3 inch,and one 2 inch.they are in a 55 gallon and I was just wondering if anyone thought it was possible to keep 3 in a tank that size.the 2 bigger ones are males and I think the smallest is a female.that would be the one I would get rid of if I had too.there is also 3 convicts,2 firemouths,1 venestus,1 livingstoni,2 plecos,and a couple of catfish,and loaches.I don't want to give that one back but I don't want them to be overcrowded either.I got her before I got the biggest one and the only reason I got that one because a friend had it in another tank and it was getting beat up.
 

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Dano I don't know much about JD's but Gunnie does. Maybe she'll be by soon
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thanks,I know some about them I just didn't want the female to make the two males fight all the time.I had a similar situation when I first got my convicts,I had 2 males and a female and the dominant male was even meaner. >
 

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Dano,
I'm afraid your tank is way overstocked. I would not have more than 2 jack dempseys in a 55 just by themselves. The venustus can grow up to 10 inches long, and really needs to be in at least a 100 gal. tank. Also, it's usually disaster when you mix african and new world cichlids. Your variety sounds like a very beautiful selection, but I'm afraid you are going to have many casualties as the fish mature and grow. Your situation sounds like a perfect excuse to get more and bigger tanks!
 

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