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jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby jermsmit » Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:42 pm

Ok ... The subject matter is in the topic.
A friend of a friend has many jack dempsey fish, they keep making babies non stop, so he has many fry to give away.
He wanted to give me 12 of them, but i am willing to take 1 - 6 of them if small.

The question is this... I know if i put tiny fish in with my O, its lunch time for sure. However later on will it be ok to have a slightly smaller jack dempsey in with my O
More like a jack dempsey 1/2 my O's size
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby JohnL » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:15 pm

With large cichlids it's always a gamble whether or not they will get along but it is possible to put a smaller jd in with an O. JD's can be pretty aggressive so I would have an alternate plan in mind in case it doesn't work out. But what's in your favor is the fact that the jd is smaller.
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby Alan » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:17 pm

dont see any reason why you cant have 1 with your O just make sure its not to small to be lunch tho , but as ever adding another cichlid is always a gamble tho :fro:
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby Gerry » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:42 pm

A JD and an O are certainly doable so its just down to how well they are willing to tolerate each other
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby ShadowFox103 » Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:13 pm

Yeah you could put them in a tank with your Oscar, but like everyone else said it a gamble. I have tried JD and O tanks twice and I never had much luck. Hopefully your luck is better than mine. :fro:
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby amyabe2001 » Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:27 pm

Hi
I actually bought a smaller JD from "The Not-so-Smart Pet Store" about 5months ago to go with my larger oscars..
So far they don't care he's even in the tank. lol ;D ;D
If you do decide to get one, make sure you build a hidey spot for him.. Jd's love to have a secure place to hide. :) :)
My JD now is about 4 1/2 inches . The O's are 13inches and 8inches. ;)
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby Alan » Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:00 pm

so long as jd is smaller than O but not lunch size more chance it working out , but again gotta say putting 2 cichlids together is a gamble :fro:
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby jermsmit » Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:45 pm

On a good note they are smaller for sure. If they become lunch then the person i know if giving me some free food for my Oscar.
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby Alan » Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:37 pm

yep true but you dont want him to see jd's as food tho ?
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby ranvan » Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:01 pm

I have a three inch JD female in with my almost four inch oscar and my 11" oscar. She is fine. At first I was more worried she would attack my smaller oscar.

As long as the JD is too big to eat, there should be no problem.

As a side note, I introduced a two inch oscar in a tank with four two inch JDs, and the oscar barely made it out alive.
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby fishwife » Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:44 am

The short answer: BAD IDEA!!!
The long answer:
My husband bought one very small JD and six various Oscars (2 albino tigers; 2 black tigers; 2 red velvet) for our 150 gal. tank. The clerk at the fish store said they would be just fine. Little did we know that Jack would double in size within a matter of 8 weeks or so. At first, he hid in one of many caves and led us to believe he was shy. Let me tell you how wrong we were! He started picking on nearly every fish in the tank and caused so much stress to the other fish that I thought he was going to kill all of them. I rescued the first victim (black tiger) and put him into the hospital tank for a couple weeks; once he was healed completely, I put him out in the pond with the Koi, which is working out very well for him and his pond-mates. He is difficult to see, however. I left for a two week vacation (everyone else stayed home) and came home to find that the largest fish in the tank (red velvet) was no longer largest, and cowering in the corner; he also has about half of his scales removed, no doubt by Jack. Big Red is now in the hospital tank, but I doubt I can put him in the pond. The next step... I am cycling a 55 gal. for Jack to be exiled to; once ready, I will let Big Red go home and try again. I think this may be how so many people end up with so many fish tanks. As it is, I already spend several hours a week vacuuming yuck from three tanks and one pond since they must be cleaned weekly.
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Re: jack dempsey w/ oscar (good or bad) idea?

Postby callen » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:56 pm

Welcome to the site...Good to have you here Fishwife :fro:

This is an older thread but thanks for telling your story. Best of luck with sorting it all and please keep us posted :)
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