Jack Dempsey Cichlid
Cichlasoma octofasciatum

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

8" - 12"

Minimum Tank Size

75 gallon


Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow



Water Conditions

Slightly acidic (6.2-7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), 72 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit


General: This Jack Dempsey (Cichlasoma octofasciatum) originates from Central and South American bogs. It prefers a mostly sandy bottom, a few flat rocks (for spawning), and a slow current. This is a good "starter" South American Cichlid, as it is a frequent breeder and a relatively hardy species.

Fecundity (Reproduction): Although the Jack Dempsey Cichlid can be territorial, they are a frequent breeder within aquaria. The female may produce up to 1000 eggs per clutch.

Aquarium Diet: Omnivorous Cichlid pellets, brine shrimp, blackworms, ghost shrimp, spirulina, and general flake.

Compatibility: Other Jack Dempsey Cichlids, Severum, Acara, Oscar, and larger Synodontis species are often compatible with the Jack Dempsey Cichlid.

Dimorphism: The male Jack Dempsey Cichlid will have an elongated dorsal fin and pelvic fins in relation to the female. The male will also obtain bright colors, as the female will remain dull in coloration.

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