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    DIYFK member Mike8004's Avatar


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    Jack Dempsey's in 1 tank?????

    I Currently have a 5" Jack Dempsey (female) and was recently given 5 1-1.5" young JD's. Any thoughts about putting these all together?? All 6 will be new to the tank and set up as the big girl has her own tank now but it is too small. Just trying to avoid unwanted eating or trouble.

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    Don't put them together. I bought 5 one time and put them all in the same tank. In the end I only had 1 left. The strongest always bullied the weakest to death.

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    What size of tank are they going in?
    145 gallon seamless acrylic: 9 Tropheus Bemba, 8 Tropheus duboisi ,
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    Like with all cichlids it could be hit or miss, but there is a very good chance the 5 incher will kill the 1 to 1.5 inchers. Plus like Kellray said, what size is the tank? The bigger the more likely they will get along/not kill each other.
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    Maybe if you get some good hiding spots. I wouldn't risk it if you had another tank for them.

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    It is said that in the wild, a male JD will utilize up to 50 sq ft for his "territory". People do manage to keep them in less space, but it's VERY hit or miss and may or may not take less space for females. My female tried to destroy my male, even though they were the ONLY two in the tank. If they don't get along, they don't get along.

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    if it were 500g+ it might work for a little while

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