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I have a free 20 gal tank and i want to house 2 jack dempsey in there. Dont know if that size will be enough for them. But according to the profile section they may reach 8-9". I really like to have JD for they are really nice looking. Cant afford to have a bigger tank for there are no more space in the house. Any suggestions or possibilities for it to happen will be greatly appreciated.

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You could have 2 juvies in there for a little time I would not advise it,but around 4 inches they need to be moved to at least bare min 55 together. And thats if its not 2 males. So for a clear answer no. That tank is not even close enough sutiable.
 

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Im afraid to hear that. What would be the ideal tank size when they already matured. Will a 75 gal do?
Maybe in the future I can rearrange the house and have some space for a bigger tank
 

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Yes for a pair 75 in perfect. But they may not even survive the bioload of a 20 gallon
 

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No dice I'm afraid. Smallest tank that can house a pair of JD's long term is 55 Gal. Even then, it would likely need to be a breeding pair in order to be happy. 2 of the same sex will likely kill each other.
 

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In my experience… a 40 breeder or 55 gal is the smallest a pair will be content with… a 75 gal makes them happy… and of course beyond that the bigger the tank the happier the fish (assuming the larger tank isn’t overcrowded).

For a 20 gal I would suggest a pair of Dwarf Cichlids such as Apistos or Rams. In addion to the Dwarves in the 20 gal you could add a nice school of Tetras or the like…
 

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thinking about your suggestion of using a 55 gal, i would probably transfer my rams, severum and parrots from my 55 gal to the 20 gal. that will now leave me with a free 55gal for a pair of JD. but i dont think my transferees will be happy with that :-?. i also have an all male mbuna/aulo in a 75 gal. ill think this over if i can relocate each group just to get my first JD. hope i can make a good decision and leave all my fish happy. worst come to worst, ill get a new 75gal :D

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I don't think a severum or a parrot would be very happy in a 20g. It would work ok for rams though.
 

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A Severum and a Parrot wouldn't even fit in a 20 gal L! Even if it was just a Severum or a Parrot as a single fish! Personally I would get either a 40 breeder, a 55, or a 75 gal if you want to keep the Severum and the Parrot. If you would rather switch the Severum and the Parrot for the JD's in the 55 and then move the Rams to the 20 gal L that would work! Although you will need to get at the very least another 20 gal L for the JD fry if you want to raise and sell fry.
 

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what do you think of this:
1. move the rams to the 20gal
2. move the mbuna/aulo from the 75 gal to the 55 gal
3. move the parrots (2) and severum (1) with a pair of JD to the 75 gal
that's the last option i have (i know most would say to get a new 75 gal for the JD and keep the others to where they are now)

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IMO keeping other cichlids in a 75 gallon with a pair of JD would not work very well. If you really want a pair of JD's they would be best in their own tank.
 

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A pair of JD's will kill the Severum and the Parrot. You are going to have to get rid of fish or buy a tank for the JD's. I am not real big of mixing cichlids from different continents but if you are really set on getting a pair of JD's and you really dont want to get rid of anyone what about putting the Sev and the Parrot with the Mbuna?
 

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I think that for the time being, keeping the JDs and the sev in the 75 will be fine. A larger tank or another 75 will be needed in the future but for now I think it looks fine. I've kept them together before and as long as an you watch for aggression (which at this point may be more on the part sev especially if the JDs are pretty small) there is not likely to be a problem. It's not perfect but it'll work for now and give the OP plenty of time to come up with a more permanent housing arrangement.
 

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CiChLiD LoVeR128 said:
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A pair of JD's will kill the Severum and the Parrot. You are going to have to get rid of fish or buy a tank for the JD's. I am not real big of mixing cichlids from different continents but if you are really set on getting a pair of JD's and you really dont want to get rid of anyone what about putting the Sev and the Parrot with the Mbuna?
You really think so? I think what he wants in his 75 would be fine. JD's really don't get that aggressive when spawning...

The only thing I'm not familiar with is the parrot.
 

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Well seeing that he doesn't even have the JDs yet, we can't say what size they are...

Since the OP hasn't mentioned how bit the Parrot nor the Severum are...

It's really naive to say the fish that don't exist yet are going to kill the fish that we don't know how big they are... way too much speculation in there for me...

I think 5 Cichlids (2 JD, 2 Parrot & 1 Sev) is too much for a 75 gal...

I think the OP is best off leaving things the way they are and getting another tank for the JDs... Sure you could move things around for them to fit, but then fish will grow, aggression will increase... and chances are your still going to need another tank (or less fish).
 

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You really think so nutcase?

I guess I'm looking at things from the point of view of them all being full grown. I think they'd be fine in a 75...

But you're right, we don't know how big any of the fish are, and we don't know how big the jd's will be when they're purchased...

So in an attempt to spread MTS even more.... sure yeah, go get another tank :thumb:

I still think they'd be fine though :D
 

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You really think so? I think what he wants in his 75 would be fine. JD's really don't get that aggressive when spawning...

The only thing I'm not familiar with is the parrot.
I just think personally when keeping a pair of cichlids (as I am looking in the future for the OP) that the pair should have their own tank because a lot of problems can happen when least expected! It doesn't matter if the pair isn't highly aggressive or not the other individual fish can be the trouble makers like as crossbreeding and fatal aggression as I have learned from my Sajica when I tried making a community: My Sajica pair and some Firemouths. I just think its too risky either way!

When I lost my Sajica pair it was VERY devastating and upseting and never again will I keep pairs in a community!

Pairs should definately have their own tank! Just my opinion and experience.
 

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Also not to mention it would be A LOT of bioload for the 75 gal. With the 6 juvies, severum, and the parrot. And from what I gathered the OP was wanting to keep a pair of JD's, the severum, and the parrot. It wouldn't be enough room for the aggression and the size of fish! The JD pair would be the only ones living in the 75 gal.
 
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