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  • Posted on: 2/3/2013 17:44
Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #11
Hi

Thanks for the pic. I think his problem is (at least in part) that he feels he has nowhere to hide. Get him some much larger rocks/slate pieces or boulders that he can hide behind or between and I suspect that will calm him down
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Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #12
Here`s the little chap, he actually stopped swimming to pose for the camera!Original Image
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Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #13
I`ve added large rocks but he does`nt seem interested. I think I need some help with aqua-scaping!Original Image
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Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #14
He really needs a deeper substrate (sand if possible) so he can dig, and lots of tall rock/tree roots etc to form a network of hiding places.
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Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #15
Ok thanks, I'll have surf and see what others have done.
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Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #16
Ive re-arranged the tank again! and he seems to have settled down. He now swims all over. Thanks for all the advice.
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Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #17
Here he is swmming across the front, sorry its slightly out of focus.

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Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #18
He's lovely Glad he's a bit happier now.
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Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #19
Just a thought, should I reduce the light in the aquarium?Its what came with the set up! I was thinking of using colour diffusers for the flourescent tubes or even a Blackwater additive.
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  • Posted on: 10/3/2013 20:06
Re: Jack Dempsey strange behaviour. #20
JD's inhabit sluggish waters with dense vegetation in the wild. Plants aren't really an option in captivity as he'll dig them up, but you can give him a more shaded environment and a feeling of security by adding floating plants on the water surface - salvinia, water lettuce, frogbit and so on. They aren't a black water species so black water extract isn't a good idea as it will acidify the water which would be bad for him. JD's are from more alkaline conditions in Central America.