Jack Dempsey’s are some of the most interesting and beautiful of the American cichlids, The Electric Blue Jack Dempsey is a naturally occurring variant that displays magnificent color. It is covered with dazzling blue spangles all over its body.
It is a very attractive show type fish. For those who want a spectacular cichlid, this variant is being developed in captivity today. Jack Dempseys are relatively easy to breed, but it does take a considerable amount of time and the right set-up. It also takes over a year for the dazzling Electric Blue to develop its full coloration, consequently these fish are rather rare and somewhat expensive.
Unlike its territorial parentage, this variety is slightly smaller and has demonstrated a much more tolerant attitude towards tank mates, sometimes it's almost shy. Electric Blue Jack Dempsey’s can do well in semi-aggressive communities. If you want to keep more than one, keep them in large groups rather than in pairs. When kept in pairs they can become territorial and intolerant. As they get older they may also get more territorial, and may then need to be kept individually in a species tank.
The Electric Blue Jack Dempsey is a rewarding specimen that it is fairly easy to keep. Provide it with adequate space and compatible tank mates. The tank should have a bottom of fine sand, plenty of hiding places among rocks and wood, and a cover of floating plants. This will keep your Electric Blue active and healthy, and give you hours of pleasure!
The Harlequin Rasbora is a fine example of the Cyprinid family of fishes. They make a colorful and lively addition to any community aquarium. A planted aquarium will give them places to dart in and out, as well as set off their fiery color. They are great for people who easily become bored with fish, they swim about constantly and can be a bit boisterous! Not to be kept with shy or slow eating fish, they do well with other lively Cyprinids like tiger barbs and cherry barbs.