The Jack Dempsey is a species of cichlid that is classic. Probably the most popular beginers cichlid. The Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciata) is a species of cichlid that is widely distributed across North and Central America (from Mexico south to Honduras)Its common name refers to its aggressive nature and strong facial features, likened to that of the famous 1920s boxer Jack Dempsey.
Jack Dempsey cichlids can often appear shy, hiding away in cave work. It is recommended that the Jack Dempsey cichlid is provided with plenty of places to hide. They will often claim a cave first and be very aggressive to other tank mates that swim near its home. There is also a blue variant of this fish which commonly known as the blue jack dempsey or electric blue jack dempsey. This is natural genetic mutation. The blue counterpart is less aggressive, smaller in size and more delicate.
American Cichlid Species - Jack Dempsey Cichlid "Rocio Octofasciata" Video