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Author Topic: 2 Jack Dempsey's in a 55 gallon  (Read 2525 times)
glorums
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« on: July 20, 2009, 10:05:17 AM »

Hello everyone.  I purchased 2 jack dempsey's in the fall (about 10 months ago) and they have been together in my 55 gallon aquarium.  The reason I bought 2 is that they were together at the LFS and the lady told me they had been together since they were brought in.  They swim together and have not really bothered each other.

I've noticed that they hide a lot when the lights are on.  They used to come right up to eat when I opened the lid, now they stay at the bottom adn wait a while.  I have an inhome daycare so there are kids around a lot.  I was wondering if the kids running around would scare them?  I'm not sure if they should be seperated or given to a less active home?  I really like them, but I want them to live stress free.

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 12:51:59 PM »

Its probably the kids I mean if there running past it any fish would disperse and hide so that's probably it If you gave us your water parameters that would also help {tank info}.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 01:17:10 PM »

Parameters seem good;
ammonia is 0
pH I think is a little low at 6.4 (I've added pH+ in the past but they don't seem to do much)
Nitrate is 5.0
Nitrite is 0
temp is 78

I use API liquid test kits, which are about a year and a half old.

are there other fish you recommend I try?
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 01:57:27 PM »

Your parameters are good.  Don't worry about your pH.  As long as it is stable then you are fine.  Trying to mess with it just stresses the fish and can lead to dangerous fluctuations.

What do you have for decorations in the tank?  Ironically, the more hiding places that fish have, the more you will see them.  If they feel that there are ample hiding places they will feel more secure and move around the tank more.  My suggestion would be to add lots of plants and driftwood and see if that makes them more comfortable.
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009, 02:40:00 PM »

I have a couple pieces of driftwood and a bunch of silk plants.  I also have some granite and a fake cave.
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