To many jds for a 55 . You will be getting rid of ay least two of them. I would lean toward BGJD and Ebjd if you want a pair. If not just the Ebjd. I would get a bn pleco and not a catfish . Good luck and let us know what you choose.
You're just getting 2 fish, correct the EBJD and the BGJD? Then I think you should be ok, I keep pairs of dempseys in a 55 gallon long and 40 gallon breeders and don't usually have any issues. One thing, people don't usually keep an EBJD and BGJD unless they plan to breed them, so just be prepared that the bn pleco may eat the eggs sometimes. The parents usually do a good job at protecting the eggs but the pleco may get to them every so often.
hmmmm decisions decisions..... i'm leaning towards just the 2 jd's. btw, i've been seeing that some people have issues with the electric blue's while they're younger. any advice? and i don't plan on breeding right now as I do not have the capacity to do so, but maybe down the road
Buy more then one Ebjd and if you can buy them over 3". They just need good water and sit down and observe your fish for at least 15 minutes a day. Normal routines like what they do ,where they hang out, eating, color ,and behavior. If you notice anything test the water and go from there. I started with 9 under 1" and have 5 left of the nine. This is normal with Ebjd due to weak genetics. They are really beautiful fish and are as hearty as regular jds.
EBJDs seem to have issues with internal parasites when smaller than 3 inches, after 3 inches they seem to grow out of it. Here are 2 links from another forum about Jack Dempseys. The first is a care guide and the second is an illness treatment.
hey thanks guys, it's been pretty hard finding a place that sells ebjd's that are 3+" so I plan on buying maybe 4 or 5 and hope to keep 2 of them. another possibility i am still thinking about is just keeping 1 ebjd and 1 bgjd but i'm worried about how the 2 will interact as the ebjd's are usually more timid.
Well where are you getting your BGJD? How do you know its a BGJD? These are often sold but ate not BGJD. There is no way to tell except to get them from a breeder or spawn them with a Ebjd and see what the turn out is. Yes Ebjd are timid but if they are the same size and opposite sex you most likely will have a pair .