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Pseudotropheus Demasoni
Demasoni Cichlid

    Pseudotropheus Demasoni, Demasoni Cichlid

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  • Min. Tank Size:

    50 Gal.

  • Description:

    The Demasoni cichlid or Pseudotropheus Demasoni is a small and aggressive fish that's native to the waters of Lake Malawi in Africa. Demasoni are dwarf Mbuna that spend a lot of time swimming in around the rocks and caves of Pombo Rocks in Lake Malawi. They feature a bold black and metallic blue vertical stripe color pattern. They are very lively and active fish that like to swim around rocks just to satisfy their curiosity.

  • Compatibility:

    Demasoni cichlids are aggressive and should be kept in large groups of 12 or more to spread out the aggression and prevent one dominant male from killing the others. Good tankmates are other Mbuna like Electric Yellow Labs, Ice Blue Zebras and Red Zebra cichlids. Keeping Yellow Labs with Demasoni is popular with aquarium owners because the bright yellow of the Labidochromis contrasts well with the blue and black colors of the Demasoni.

  • Tank Requirements and Feeding:

    The aquarium should mimic their natural environment as best as possible. There should be plenty of rocks and caves for the Demasoni to explore and establish their territories. Water should be hard with a temperature of 76-82°F and a pH of 7.8-8.6. Minimum tank size is 50 gal. but larger is recommended. Additives like Cichlid Lake Salt and Malawi/Victoria Buffer will condition the aquarium water for African cichlids.

    Demasoni cichlids are herbevores and should be fed a diet of foods that are high in vegetable content. High quality commercially prepared spirulina flakes and algae wafers are good choices for their diet.

  • Breeding:

    Pseudotropheus Demasoni are sexually monomorphic cichlids where the male and female both display the same color patterns. As they mature, males may develop elongated ventral fins and get an egg spot on their anal fin. Males also grow to be slightly larger than females.

    Demasoni are mouthbrooders which means that the female will carry her eggs and fry in her mouth to protect them. In a home aquarium it is best to keep a single breeding male with several females because males show increased levels of aggression when breeding. Females will lay up to 15 eggs and carry them until they hatch after about 7 days.