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Old 10-07-2011, 08:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation New member/questionable electric blue depsey

Hey guys, I'm a new member here and I still consider myself pretty new as to being a hobbyist. I own a couple of tanks, including a sixty gallon. My question regards a young electric blue jack dempsey. This guy is quite selective when he eats (if he eats at all) and I've tried numerous things like brine shrimp and blood worms. He's kind of timid and antisocial and I'm just concerned for his well being. Sometimes it looks as if he's searching for food in the rocks at the bottom but then he'll spit it out. Anyway, if anyone has any advice or has any experience with this fish let me know. Thanks
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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Well, no experience with them, so I can't offer any advice, but hi, and welcome to AA!
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:37 PM   #3
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How long have you had the EBJD? Mine has always been fairly antisocial. I never noticed him eat until a month or so after I got him. He would not eat the pellets outright because he was hiding, but he would always get them later on. It might be a good idea to place them to where you can keep tabs on them.

Another thing is he always eats frozen/thawed bloodworms, even when he was really little, so did you try those or are they freeze dried?

Have you noticed stringy/white poo at all? They are very susceptible to internal parasites and when I got mine initially I treated him with metronidazole.
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Just wanted to welcome you to the forum! Goodl luck with your Jack Dempsey.
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How big is yours now? I've only had him for just less than a week. I was concerned because of all the things I've read about how sensitive EBJD's are. To be honest, they're freeze dried so I'll make a quick run and get the frozen ones. And I noticed him scratching on an object a couple times so I'll get him that parasite med too. Thanks for the advice jedajocky
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Welcome, my guy is about 5" and 2 years old.
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Heres my EBJD around middle of 2010

about one year later
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Beautiful, mine looks like the picture from 2010 right now. Oh, and I did make that quick run to the store around 4 hours ago. Gave him the treatment awhile ago, and he finally ate! Thawed out a few of those frozen worms and he ate several so I'm pretty happy about that. He seems slightly more sociable at night.
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Beautiful, mine looks like the picture from 2010 right now. Oh, and I did make that quick run to the store around 4 hours ago. Gave him the treatment awhile ago, and he finally ate! Thawed out a few of those frozen worms and he ate several so I'm pretty happy about that. He seems slightly more sociable at night.
Wow, his colors are stunning! Jack Dempsey's really are colorful!
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Thanks! he's definitely the most colorful guy I have here. Also have a prochilodus with some nice fin color. What do you have?
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