Rocio Octofasciata - Electric Blue Jack Dempsey, Male 2-3"
The Electric Blue Jack Dempsey is a natural variant of Nandopsis Octofasciatum. Adorned in brilliant blue, this showcase cichlid is typically smaller less aggressive than its original counterpart. They originate from the murky warm waters of Central America. It has a base color of electric blue to gray with varying iridescent blue and green spots. When breeding, these colors will intensify dramatically. The dorsal fin is typically lined in red, and the female's overall coloration is subdued compared to the male. They are territorial and will eat smaller fish that they can swallow.
Neutral water with soft to medium hardness, a pH of approximately 7.0, and temperatures of 78-82°F is recommended. Jack Dempsey's are open breeders that need well-oxygenated water. They spawn in burrows, laying up to 500 eggs. The fry are well protected by the parents, and once mated, they will continue to spawn once the fry have grown.
Jack Dempsey is carnivorous and will eat most prepared and frozen foods, including freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and ocean plankton, as well as live fish.