I live in Indiana (Indianapolis area). I've got a 125 gal. tank. I have 2 med. sized Oscars. I am interested in the elec. Blue Jack Dempseys. I'd like to buy one or 2 large ones. Does anybody know where I can buy large ones either in a pet store or online? Thanks! Kent Robinson
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If, the elec.Blue Jack Dempseys are too delecate to live w/my Oscars--I'd like to know where to buy regular JD? Kent Robinson
The Four-Eyed Fish Anableps anableps, is truly an amazing creature. The pupil in each eye is horizontally divided into 2 parts, allowing it to be able to see clearly below and above the water. Other common names it is known by include Anableps, Largescale Foureyes, Star Gazer, Four-eyes, and Striped Foureyed Fish.
Its unique eye adaptation allows this fish to find food at or below the surface. It also has the added benefit of giving it extra protection against predators. Since it spends virtually all of its life swimming at the surface, it needs this extra protection.
They are a schooling fish so they will do best if kept in groups of 6 or more. The Four-Eyed Fish are also a brackish fish. Other brackish fish such as Archer Fish, Mudskippers or Mollies would make good tank mates.
The Four-Eyed Fish Anableps anableps are native to Central America and live in the mouths of rivers from Venezuela to Brazil.
Scientific Name: Anableps anableps
Social Grouping: Groups - Keeping this fish in a school is essential to their well being
IUCN Red List: NE - Not Evaluated or not listed
Fish Keeping Difficulty
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately Difficult - This fish is susceptible to bacterial skin infections which are difficult to cure. It will also jump out of the tank if startled, so a tight fitting lid is critical.
Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
Foods and Feeding
The Four-Eyed Fish Anableps anableps are carnivorous. Anableps anableps should be fed freeze–dried foods, flake foods and small live insects. They will also eat frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms but be aware that they will not readily chase food much below the surface of the water so make sure any uneaten food does not get a chance to foul the water.
While they will do fine in a tank that's completely full, they are best appreciated if kept in a tank that is only partially filled. This way their unusual eyes can be seen. They enjoy a lot of open space to swim but are excellent jumpers so the aquarium must be covered. Because in their natural environment they live at or near the mouths of rivers, their tank water should be brackish. For how to prepare the water, see the information in the aquarium glossary under brackish.
Diet Type: Omnivore
Flake Food: Yes
Tablet Pellet: Yes
Live foods (fishes, shrimps, worms): Some of Diet
Vegetable Food: Some of Diet
Meaty Food: Some of Diet
Feeding Frequency: Several feedings per day - This fish should be kept very well fed or else it will not grow properly. Also note that they will often only eat what is at the surface and will rarely go farther down into the tank to chase after food, so ensure they are getting enough to eat at the surface and that food that falls below doesn't accumulate and toxify as it decomposes.
Water Changes: Monthly
As the Four-Eyed Fish are brackish, enough salt should be added to simulate brackish water. For how to prepare the water, see the information in the aquarium glossary under brackish.
Ph and hardness are not critical, acceptable levels are variable.
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gal (208 L)
Substrate Type: Any
Lighting Needs: Moderate - normal lighting
Temperature: 75.0 to 85.0° F (23.9 to 29.4° C)
Range ph: 7.0-8.5
Hardness Range: 8 - 25 dGH
Brackish: Yes - This fish must be kept in brackish conditions.
Water Movement: Moderate
Water Region: Top
The Four-Eyed Fish Anableps anableps are peaceful but will eat fish that are small enough to fit into their mouths. They are also a schooling fish and do best in groups of six or more. As they thrive in a brackish water environment, other similar sized brackish fish such as Archer Fish, Mudskippers or Mollies would make good tank mates.
Temperament: Peaceful - Four-Eyed Fish will eat tankmates large enough to fit in their mouths. Furthermore, keeping them in a school is essential to their well being.
Same species - conspecifics: Yes
Peaceful fish (): Safe - Keep them with other community fish that are not small enough to become a meal.
The Four-Eyed Fish Anableps anableps are a livebearer and will breed easily if kept in a large tank with lots of surface area. See the description of how to breed livebearers in Breeding Freshwater Fish - Livebearers.
Ease of Breeding: Moderate - This fish requries a large tank with a lot of surface area to breed.
The Four-Eyed Fish Anableps anableps are commonly available.