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Demasoni Cichlid

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Fish / pet store

Appearance

5/5

Health

4/5

Easy to Feed

N/A

Easy Environment Needs

2/5

Compatibility with other species

3/5

Compatibility with own species

2/5

Activity Level

5/5

Visibility

4/5

Breeding

N/A

Interaction with owner

3/5

My experience with Demasoni Cichlid

By

United Kingdom

Posted Apr 16, 2013

Pseudotropheus demasoni are very territorial fish and my experience with them is both good and bad. First of all buying these fish is easy enough depending on where you live. You need to be careful that your buying the correct species as they are similar in appearance to Pseudotropheus minutus. Its advised to buy this species when they are juveniles to help them sort out hierarchy within there group and allow them to grow and bond together. They are very active in the tank, constantly playing and darting around. I certainly enjoyed looking after these fish. I kept these fish the ever popular Yellow Lab (Labidochromis caeruleus) and they got on just fine, in fact they never bothered with each other.

In the wild these fish are found in extremely large groups and in order to keep these in an aquarium you must simulate the same habitat as they are found in the wild. Dwarf Mbuna are usually found near rocky areas, so plenty of rocks must be set-up in your tank to form nooks and crannies along with caves as these fish are extremely territorial and they will defend their area of the tank without hesitation.

A 36 inch tank will be sufficient for housing these fish, keeping in mind how many other species you have in the tank because of there aggressiveness towards each other and other species. It's advised to keep a group of 12-15 as this will help disperse the aggressiveness. This will prevent a single male from being dominant over all tank mates and helps stop the females and sub-dominant males from getting chased to exhaustion and possibly death by getting lost in the crowd.

Small groups of 5 or 6 demasoni just simply does not work. The dominant male will consistently kill every tank mate until he is last man standing. Male to female ratio is not important when they are housed in groups of 12-15. This certainly is a bonus, as when it comes to accurately determining their gender, its a very hopeless process.

It's of utmost importance not to house these fish with similarly coloured species such as Cynotilapia afra or Metrialclima lombardoi.

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