Electric Blue Jack Dempsey

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Hi I just purchased an electric blue jack dempsey i got him about two weeks ago at first he was well and eating and then all of a sudden he stopped eating its been a few days that he isnt eating. Today I checked up on him and he is gasping and has a very bloated belly. Please help me ! all other fish in with him are showing no signs what so ever.
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I do water changes everyday about 50 to 75% and I try not to feed so much so the water stays as clean as possible.
Water parameters are ammonia 0 nitrites 0 and nitrates 5
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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re:Electric Blue Jack Dempsey

What size tank and other tank mates are there??

Unfortunately this is quite common for EBJD they are a genetic mutation of normal JD and they are very week, even with the utmost care very few will last more than 6 months to a year
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Electric Blue Jack Dempsey

X2 on what Ken stated, a very difficult fish to raise. Very weak and prone to several ailments. Mine is about a year and a half, doing ok, but does require special care. Not to suggest you are doing anything wrong, its just long odds to get these fish to a decent size.


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Rocksor replied the topic: Electric Blue Jack Dempsey

When raising EBJD below 4", you need to keep it in a tank of it's own with a UV sterilizer to increase your chances of raising it to 4"+. After 4" there is still no guarantee.

In case your case, stress from other fish will weaken the immune system, and with a bloated belly, chances are that it has a bacterial infection. He needs to be in a quarantine tank. At this point it will be a guessing game, so if you ph is below 7.5, then you should start treating with Maracyn 1 and Maracyn 2.
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Right now I have him in a twenty gallon tank with one guppy while I get the big tank I wanted for him since I have my oscar in the other one . I can always remove the guppy and put him in a ten gallon. I also have a UV sterilizer so I can add it in the tank also if that will help.
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I am going to check if I have some maracyn if not i will go purchase some
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Good luck with your Blue Jack. Should you get him to come around, super clean water, even more so than Oscars is a must. Diet also very important. Their digestion and metabolism is very slow, so careful not to over feed. Some veg matter, or a spirulina based pellet and vitamin fortified pellet staple will go a long ways to getting him to a size where he may live a good life.


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He didnt make it :(
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Electric Blue Jack Dempsey

Sorry you lost the little guy, lost mine too yesterday. Beautiful fish, but a tall order to raise one.


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