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Are carpinte cichlids known for being very agressive? I just got a baby to put in my baby cichlid tank and it's punking my baby jack dempsey who's bigger than it. I didn't expect this to happen, is it because carpintes are nasty?
 

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Depends on the book you read! But that's not too bad a guess! Problem is there are different 'wild' populations of carpintis and there are hybrids in the hobby (and maybe in the wild) of carpintis and cyanoguattatum.
 
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thnx. Im really interested in this fish now, i've never seen such an agressive baby. It's not even an inch long yet and i saw it maul the face off a feeder fish that was the same size as it... Also how long before you can effectively sex a jack dempsey or a carpinte. I read the female dempseys are not as agressive. What would i be looking for to sex these two cichlids? Thanks again for your help.
 

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sex isnt very relevant to aggression.. males get bigger and thats why they might be considered more aggressive.

you can sex JDs by 3", maybe a little less. same with carpinte, although carpinte im not sure when exactly they get the black spot on the dorsal fin so perhaps even 1"
 
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