Jack Dempseys are a South American cichlid. In the wild, yes, they eat a lot of insects, etc. In captivity, such as in your aquarium, they should be fed a good staple cichlid diet, and a treat food such as shrimp. Feeding worms, crickets, etc, will not give them the proper nutrition as they eat and scavenge a huge variety of foods in the wild, and you will not be able to offer them all of them. It will also be much harder to maintain the tank properly and you can introduce parasites. I would recommend Tetra Cichlid sinking granules, crisps or flakes for now, with Tetra Freeze-Dried Bloodworms. Once they get larger, move up to Tetra Baby Shrimp and one of the Tetra pelleted cichlid diets.
Date published: 2016-05-16