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