South American cichlids, which include this Jack Dempsey Cichlid, are a diverse group of fish that are hardy, easy to care for and add spectacular color to their freshwater environment. They are popular among fish hobbyists due to their multitude of species and color options.
They are generally peaceful with fish of the same size and temperament, but may eat any fish small enough to fit into their mouths. You will see your cichlids swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.
Features: Come in a range of eye-catching colors and sizes
Includes: 1 Fish
Experience Level: Intermediate
Swimming Level: Middle
Color: Variety of colors
Size: Maximum Size 10 in
Diet: Frozen, freeze Dried
Housing: 40+ gallon tank, Water temperature 72-82 degrees F
Things to Remember
This means they eat mostly animal matter, including prepared foods and fresh, freeze-dried or frozen foods.
Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new fish into your tank, don't forget to add only 1-3 at a time.
Choose a cichlid flake or pellet food, or freeze-dried fish foods. Feed according to the directions on the packaging.
Cichlids enjoy fresh or frozen bloodworms, adult brine shrimp and glass worms. Always remember to thaw frozen foods before feeding.
Supplement their diet with food containing spirulina, a nutritious type of algae.
For optimum health, feed your cichlids as much food as they will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day. You can alternate between regular staple diet feedings and 2-4 meals per week of a specialty food.
Start with a 20-gallon or larger aquarium. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.
Decorate their aquarium with rocks, driftwood, and plants, but be sure to place them on the sides and back of the aquarium so they'll have enough space to swim in the center.
Cichlids should be housed in a semi-aggressive or cichlid-only community aquarium with fish of similar size and temperament.
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