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Bo’s Jack Dempsey Laid Eggs

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When I was videoing Bo’s Jack Dempsey in a lip lock position the other day, I didn’t know that they were matting at the time.  Today Bo saw that his Jack Dempsey has laid eggs on a flat surface rock, this is so exciting and we should have the fry in a couple of days.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/50sec, ISO 3200, focal length 29mm, evaluative metering

Bo has a 30 gallon aquarium and houses the two parents only, so they should be okay. Jack Dempsey are good parents, they take good care of their eggs and the fry once they hatch in about 3 days. In the video, the female constantly fans the eggs to keep off any debris that might settle on her eggs. This debris can infect the eggs causing a white fungus growth on them as you can see in the photo below. The female will usually remove the bad eggs before it spread and infected the other eggs.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/60sec, ISO 3200, focal length 40mm, closeup cropped, evaluative metering

Bo has an empty 55 gallon aquarium in the garage that he could use for his baby Jack Dempsey once they are 3-4 week old. I didn’t count the eggs, and if most survived then he will have plenty of Jack Dempsey swimming around. Below is a picture of the female Jack Dempsey, she’s very protective of her eggs while I was photographing her eggs.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/60sec, ISO 3200, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

Bo tilted the rock to keep the debris from falling on her eggs.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/6.3, 1/60sec, ISO 3200, focal length 31mm, cropped, evaluative metering

7 thoughts on “Bo’s Jack Dempsey Laid Eggs”

  1. What an amazing little world Bo has got down there in the fish tank. The eggs on the stone creates an entire carpet, I hope Bo has MANY fish tanks for all those Jack Dempseys!

    1. truels, I’ll update more video clips and photos when I have more time. It’s so nice to see the mother picking out the bad eggs and the eggs starting to hatch. When Bo talked about breeding them, I didn’t expect to see this many eggs and I hope most of them will survive.

  2. Wow that is very exciting to get fish eggs!! I hope there will be many little Dempsey swimming around soon.

    Someday I like to raise my own fish as food source. And fish eggs are quite tasty… of course not the Dempsey eggs. 🙂

    1. Hi Cambree, the eggs hatched and Bo said that some survived. Although they are so tiny that I can’t see them. This is the first time trying to breed for Bo and also this female Jack Dempsey, he’ll try to breed them again in 6 weeks.

      Fish are healthy food and it would be neat to be able to raise them yourself. I think a small fishpond like mine would work also, but you might grow too attached to them to eat like me. 🙂

      1. Yes it would be difficult for me eat the animals I raised too. Chicken eggs or goat milk would be OK.

        But if I had 100 farm raised talapia or salmon, I would make fishcakes with them! 😀

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