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Species name: Archocentrus octofasciatum Synonym: Cichlasoma octofasciatus; Heros octofasciatus Common name: Jack Dempsey Family: Cichlidae Order: Perciformes Class: Actinopterygii Maximum size: 10 inches Environment: freshwater Origin: Yucatan Peninsula, Central America Temperament: Aggressive The Cichlasoma octofasciatus, or Jack Dempsey is an aggressive beauty from the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a very popular fish and is sometimes kept as a single fish in an aquarium like and Oscar. I like to keep them in pairs the males have beautiful fins. Their aggressive nature does not detract at all from their spectacular colouration, with males having a light grey base color, plenty of blue and green spangles covering the entire body, and a dramatic red edging to the dorsal and anal fins. Females show the same general colouration, with fewer spangles. There are also two new color morphs available in the hobby, the Electric Blue Dempsey with a bright blue base color and vibrant blue spangles, and the Gold Dempsey, with a pale, metallic gold base color and gold spangles concentrated around the gill plates and cheeks