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Female or Male Jack Dempsey?

Postby KarlPilkington » Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:03 pm

Hi everybody!

My first post in this forum.
Is this a female or male Jack Dempsey? I bought it from the store 2 months ago. Dont know exactly how old it is, but its pretty young.

https://i.imgur.com/hGL6spd.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/TSOARqS.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/bkfzLEl.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/xoxChTz.jpg

Thank you!
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Re: Female or Male Jack Dempsey?

Postby Auballagh » Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:24 pm

Those are some great pictures! And from what I can see, your aquarium is set up very nicely. 8)
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First picture, the longer, more narrow body shape captured in the photo was contrary to the other evidence. However... the other pictures support the evidence of those vibrant facial markings, and the visibly big gaps in the spangling iridescence on the flanks.
I'd say she's a very good-looking Jack Dempsey. :)
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Re: Female or Male Jack Dempsey?

Postby KarlPilkington » Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:33 pm

Thank you! Maybe females are a bit less aggressive than males so maybe thats why she works so well with my other fishes. She's in the tank with four Firemouths, three Steindachneri and two Convict cichlids ( and their 15 or so fry hehe)
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Re: Female or Male Jack Dempsey?

Postby Auballagh » Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:41 pm

Doubtful about the less aggressive female thing.... Males AND females of this species can sometimes be some real thugs in community tanks. It seems (at least for now) you just have a more easy-going Jack Dempsey. :wink:
- How big is this tank you have everyone in?
- How long have you had it set up and running, with everyone in it?
I'd be a bit more worried about that spawning paIr of Convicts. Depending on the size of the aquarium, those Convicts could bring down some real pain on all of the other Cichlid residents in that tank. Looks like everyone is working pretty good at taking care of all the Convict fry in there though.
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Re: Female or Male Jack Dempsey?

Postby Central » Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:03 pm

From a glance it looks female to me. Beautiful healthy fish. Nice dark colors on this one.
Clearly well cared for and loved!
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