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2 inch jack dempsys

12 years 5 months ago #14146 by Mbamba
Replied by Mbamba on topic 2 inch jack dempsys
Yeah i wrk at Petsmart an today i was lookingat the Jacks trying to sex them like how everyone has suggested. Very hard to do, but i did notice how the anal fin is more rounded then pointed. But still wa really hard to do that.

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12 years 5 months ago #14143 by psychogat3
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i had them in a 20 long first with black gravel and they all had dark bodies. then i moved them to a 29 with white gravel and they all turned lighter. but today when i went to feed them i saw one was back to the dark colors they had befor over black gravel. but the other two are still lighter colored. could the dark one be a male/female and the other two the opposite? or is it just domanat in the tank? i also have two 3 or 4 inch plecos in the tank and a few small daffodill fry but they are starting to dissapear.

i looked at the gill plates but i dont really see a difference. but i really dont know what im looking for? anyone have pics?

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12 years 5 months ago #14139 by chefjimmy
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this may be what addicted2africans said, but the lower gill plate of the female will have more spots, and males lower gill plate is bare.

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12 years 5 months ago #14095 by psychogat3
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does this aplly to small jacks? mine are about 2 inches and they really all look the same! should i be able to see a difference at 2 inches?

i moved them into there own 29 gallon also so they have a little more room. and i got lots of hiding spots just in case they fight.

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12 years 5 months ago #14075 by Mbamba
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Really, well thats agood thing to know then. Learn something new everyday. Thanks addicted2cichlid

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12 years 5 months ago #14074 by addicted2cichlid
actually jacks are quite easy to sex:  look at the dorsal fin:  a bit longer coming to a point is male, female is a lil bit shorter and rounded.

also females will have more greenish lines in there face/more forward gill section.

girl picked up at bar:  oh wow u have alot of fishies in here, arent they supposed to be gold, like goldfish...  why arent these ones gold, oh that one is so ugly, why would u have more than one tank....  (she carried on for about 10 mins).

me:  please get out of my house.

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12 years 5 months ago #14021 by Mbamba
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Idk what the chances it...probably low since they are from petco(like other chain stores) you dont know if they all came from the same batch and the same age. So it would be hard to tell. But ive gotten my best jacks from petsmart but never breed them.

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12 years 5 months ago #14020 by psychogat3
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one of them is a little more colorful than the other 2 and also a little bigger but not much. whats the chances of buying a male and two females though? it was the last three left at petco.

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12 years 5 months ago #14017 by Mbamba
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Its hard to sex Jacks. But if the came from the same brood usually the male grows faster and has more color then the female. If i am correct, if not someone correct me. But it really hard to sex them, you will know if they breed.

You might be able to get away with the Jacks being in the 20 long at 4 inches but i wouldnt keep them in there to long. They need a much larger tank. Sooner you can get them in a larger tank the better.

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12 years 5 months ago #14015 by psychogat3
i just bought three 2 inch jack dempsys last night. right now i have them in a 20 long with a bunch of one inch neolamp. daffodil fry.
i got them because they caught my eye. i never really looked at jacks befor but they are colorful. mine have red tips on the fins and blue green and red spots i guess they are normal jacks they only cost 2.99 each. i think im gonna try to breed them if i get a pair. but my question is how long till i will be able to tell males from females? and how long will i be able to keep them in  20 long? the daffodils will be gone as soon as i can sell them. 


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