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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:45 am

i am new here and new to cichlids. i bought this guy or girl in indiana, they said it is an electric blue jack dempsy. and i got him for $20.00. he is about 5-6 inches long. and has gorgeous blue/black and green coloring. his name is 1 eyed jack and they also said he was a good breeding fish. they were unsure of sex. i hope i got the picture downloaded right. be i shall give it a try.
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http://myworld.ebay.com/rj1jigsaw

i cant figure out how to download the picture so i left a url. his picture is in the top lefthand corner.
thanks again,
renee
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Postby gage » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:07 am

that would be an Electric Blue Jack Dempsey, a color vairant of a JD, can be fairly delicate though.
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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:45 pm

thank you, can you tell if it is a boy or a girl by looking? or do i need him sexed. is he a good specimen. 1 person said yes, another said no. would like a few more opinions.
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Postby gage » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:41 pm

its almost impossible to sex EBJD, especially from that pic, but i would say it is a niec specimen.
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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:43 pm

i cannot seem to figure out how to upload any kind of picture. i tried just about everything as you can probably tell. i cannot understand the directions from the help page. any clues!
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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:56 pm

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this is a different picture of same fish. i am trying to get a good side view but he keeps moving just as the picture flashes.

thank you all for your kindness in confirming the fish for me. and any and all your input.
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Postby gbleeker » Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:46 am

You almost had the picture posted... what you need to do is

[img]link%20here[/img]

Do that, but without the spaces on the left and right of the link..

I couldn't get your original link to work either, must be something with angelfire. I would use photobucket instead.
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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:34 am

thank you so much. my husband had a recent heart attack and he had to find a relaxing hobby. he chose fish - cichlids. he comes home with these new fish he picked because he liked the way they look. i ask him what kind is it he always says i dont know. then i gotta hunt around for it. i dont like having things i know nothing about , since i am the one that has to feed them, clean out the tank, tank set up and the whole 9 yards. i know how to take care tanks and fish in generl cause i had fish for many many years just never cichlids. so i most likely will be back with lots more of who am i? so i can adjust tanks accordingly.

i also now know how to download pictures properly thanks to gbleeker - you are awsome thank you.

so here he/she is.

his name is one eyed jack!

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Postby MalawiLover » Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:48 pm

That is an EBJD, but he looks to be in horrible shape (or really old) and his mouth looks either deformed or injured. My advice would be to pass on this fish. If you already have it, then good luck.

With fins that are that damaged he(or she) has either been the victim of lots of beating, or a victime of really crummy water. Both can severely affect health and longevity.
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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:32 pm

yeah i bought him for $20.00. his name is one eyed jack for a reason:

as the owner stated to me, he was abused by other tank mates got in a very bad fight and lost one of his eyes.

i had asked if he was a ebjd because he did look a little funky to me, but i guess it was just more than his eye that was damaged.

i felt so sorry for the big guy, i bought him because they were going to dispose of him, i couldnt let that happen.
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Postby cichlidaholic » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:55 pm

He's just 5-6 inches? Looks bigger than that.

It is an EBJD, and he does look rough. But with frequent water changes (pristine water) and a little TLC, he should be fine. Be very careful what you feed him and don't overfeed.

You should be warned, though...These guys have a myriad of health problems, and after being subjected to questionable care earlier in his life, you might have your hands full with him.

I hope he does well, and I hope to see some more pics once you get him back in shape.

What are you housing him with? They are a bit milder tempered than the regular JD's, but one of these can easily claim an entire 75G tank as their own.

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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:08 pm

it is a zoomed picture. but he is very short and very fat.
currently he is not eating that well just very little bit and does not move around much.
but he is currently in a 20g tank. by himself.

so he doesnt get freaked out by other fish.

but i do hope to get him into a bigger tank.
and i will post new pics of him as he gets better and bigger.!!
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Postby cichlidaholic » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:42 am

If this guy isn't eating well, I would start trying to feed him some medicated (antiparasitic) food right away...I just can stress enough how easy it is to lose these guys overnight. They are one of the most "delicate" fish I've ever kept.

Was the 20G properly cycled before you added him?

He is going to need a much larger tank if he starts feeling better, and the small tank may be adding to his stress at this point.

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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:09 am

where can i get this food at?
would say petsmart carry it?
and what is the best kind i could get? brand.

yes i do plan on getting him a bigger tank hopefully in the next 2 weeks. but the biggest tank that would fit in that spot is about a 30g. maybe a 40g. i would have to measure. to know for sure.

the tank he is in now had fish in it before i just rearrange so he could be in there by himself.

so this tank was set up for quite some time.

about 8 months.
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Postby FAMILYOFFISHLOVERS » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:51 am

o.k. when i went in there this morning he has developed white spots ( ick)
so i have to begin treating him for ick.
he has a few spots pictured and circled in red below.

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and here is some newer pictures...

facing left ...

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and facing right ...

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