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Why are they called Jack Dempsey's?
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turk359
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PostPosted: 2007.01.15(Mon)9:10    Post subject: Why are they called Jack Dempsey's? Reply with quote

Hey all,

I brought a friend along with me to the LFS the other day and was trying to explain what I've learned about fishkeeping and different fish.

He saw the Jack Dempsey and asked me why is it called that? Well I have no idea and was hoping someone more educated than I in the matter could explain!

Have at it...
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PostPosted: 2007.01.15(Mon)9:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack Dempsey was a famous American boxer around the 1920's. When this fish species from Guatemala/Belize was first introduced in the USA, I guess some smart importer was trying to find a cool name to make them sell better, and chose that one as an allusion to their aggressiveness.

It's pretty much the same idea behind the commercial naming of other American cichlids like Red Devil, Green Terror, etc...it's mostly just a marketing pitch...
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PostPosted: 2007.01.15(Mon)9:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting....as you can tell I'm not a boxing fan... Very Happy

Thanks for the info....
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