The Electric Blue Jack Dempsey is a variant of the Jack Dempsey freshwater fish that comes from Central America’s warm, murky waters. While many initially believed the fish to be a hybrid of the Jack Dempsey cichlid and other New World cichlid species, it is currently considered a natural color mutation that hobbyists isolated and developed from the original species.
Popularly known as the king of the blue gene cichlids, the fish has a dark brown base coloration and is adorned with sparkling metallic blue flecks. Electric Blue Jack Dempseys also display several blue and green spots, which add to their spectacular look, especially during breeding when their colors intensify.
While it does share some characteristics with its variant, the Electric Blue Jack Dempsey is smaller and reportedly less aggressive than its primary counterpart. Additionally, the female’s overall coloration tends to be more subdued compared to the male.
Many do not regard Electric Blue Jack Dempseys as good community residents because these fishes are very territorial, especially when you keep them in a pair. On top of that, their territorial nature increases as they age, forcing many only to keep a single specimen.
If you are interested in breeding Electric Blue Jack Dempseys, we recommend keeping the couple in a separate tank, far away from other fish. You should also avoid keeping invertebrate species like snails in the same aquarium because your Electric Blue Jack Dempsey will regard them as food sources.
Speaking of food sources, since these fishes are omnivores, they are easy to satisfy when it comes to diet. For instance, you can give them a staple diet of cichlid pellets, tropical fish flakes, or live, fresh, and frozen foods.
You can also feed them small amounts of mammal meat, like beef heart and poultry. However, you should avoid overdoing it because the high fat and protein quantity in such foods can be harmful. As such, these meaty treats should only be occasional additions to their diet.
Are Electric Blue Jack Dempseys rare?
While these fishes are relatively easy to breed, doing so takes a lot of time and will require the proper setup. As such, they tend to be more rare and expensive than their parentage.
What fish are compatible with the Electric Blue Jack Dempsey?
The Electric Blue Jack Dempsey is normally compatible with:
Other Jack Dempsey
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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