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I want it to grow at least 8 inches any sugestions
 

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Normal Jack Dempsey unless you want to find A EBJD over 3 in for like $45+ Sorry Flippercon I like EBJD but they need lots of special care when are young which is when they are normally sold.

Convict 4-6 in
Electric Blue jack Dempsey 7-8.5 in
Normal Jack Dempsey 7-9 in
Honduran red point (Bluer convict) 5-6 in
 

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mud you got them all wrong lol besides the convicts.

convict:4 to 6 yes
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EBJD can get as big as normal JD which for females is up to 8 inches ( females are harder to get for ebjd ) males can but takes years get up to 10 to 12 inches
normal JD females up to 8 to 9 inches and males up to 10 to 12 inches
HRP get smaller then convicts so around 3 inches full grown ( if its bigger you most likly have a hybred mix of con/hrp )

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i would get a salvini ( males can get up to 8 inches ) or a female red devil ( female as they useally top out around 10 inches *some may get bigger but most dont* )

or just do a single EBJD if you want but with no other cichlids, get some dithers as in danios or some other barb type fish ( danios arent barbs though ) and EBJD arent as hard to care for as some make it out to be. just try to find the healthiest ebjd and just treat it like any normal jd.
 

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conoholic said:
mud you got them all wrong lol besides the convicts.

convict:4 to 6 yes
but
EBJD can get as big as normal JD which for females is up to 8 inches ( females are harder to get for ebjd ) males can but takes years get up to 10 to 12 inches
normal JD females up to 8 to 9 inches and males up to 10 to 12 inches
HRP get smaller then convicts so around 3 inches full grown ( if its bigger you most likly have a hybred mix of con/hrp )

to the OP:
i would get a salvini ( males can get up to 8 inches ) or a female red devil ( female as they useally top out around 10 inches *some may get bigger but most dont* )

or just do a single EBJD if you want but with no other cichlids, get some dithers as in danios or some other barb type fish ( danios arent barbs though ) and EBJD arent as hard to care for as some make it out to be. just try to find the healthiest ebjd and just treat it like any normal jd.
You could add a male or female to the Ebjd and see if they pair. Always fun watching a pair raise fry. Then you would have more Ebjd to choose from. This process takes a long time to get the 50/50 Ebjd/bgjd ratio. Unless you can get some BGJD from someone . I am raising some right now. :D
 

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For the HRP I guessed because all i know about them is that they are like convicts.

I gave a larger range for Jacks because each fish is different and i did it for small female to large male, and EB don't get as big.(or so i thought) :lol:
 

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I'd say just about any of your Archocentrus would be fine in a 55 gallon tank . But I'd personaly go for A. nanoluteus , panamensis , or spinosissimus .
 

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Ya Nics would be a good choice. Pretty fish and relatively mellow.

I also think Cutteri or HRP would go well with them. They would probably each stay to their side of the tank.
 
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