Jack Dempsey "Electric Blue" Cichlid - Large

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Jack Dempsey

Rocio octofasciata
Origin Central America
Care Level Moderate
Temperament Aggressive
Size 10-15 inches
Min Housing 90-120 gallon
Diet Carnivorous
Live Plant Compatible No
Temp 72°-85°F
Sexual Dimorphism Yes
Average Age 8-15 years
Special Water Conditions  
Pictures are for reference only, there will be variations in size and color of individual animals.


Jack Dempseys are usually purchased as small juveniles, but will grow to 10"-15" at maturity. They are a fairly aggressive fish and mated pairs are especially territorial, so it is recommended to keep them alone, as a single mated pair, or in a large aquarium with other similarly-sized aggressive cichlids. 

Jack Dempseys are sexually dimorphic; males grow to be larger and have very pointed dorsal and anal fins, while females stay smaller and have very rounded dorsal and anal fins.