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  1. #21

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    Tampa, FL

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc4 View Post
    ...They only have unsexed right now, three of them, and I want a male...
    With a solitary demasoni, the gender shouldn't make a difference as the genders are pretty much near-identical coloration-wise (though males are more likely to attain the 3"-3.5", females are somewhat smaller).

    It will either shift into dominance coloration with confidence that it dominates the tank (as the solitary occupant), or shift into subdued coloration because it is the only demasoni in the tank (the confidence may take a dip because it is the only fish in the tank and with no other fish to 'dominate' (thus not shifting into breeding colors). Hard to say, since these fish have their own individual ambitions.

    When in either full coloration or subdued, there is little difference between the genders (I'm not really 100% agreeing with the statement on Imperial's site regarding the gender-colors of this species..'Males will have the most color, while most females with will lack the color of the males. To have the most coloration you want to order a dominant male'.

    (pics from years ago):

    Unsexed juvies:

    A mouth-brooding small female demasoni

    Disregard the other species in the video (near-solid pale blue ps. socolofi, an a male blue/black marbled m. msobo, orangish female msobos and a single red zebra); 50% of the demasoni's in this video are female. Demasoni's in subdued coloration appear at the 0:24 (near center of screen) and at about 0:44 (one or two manuevering at/toward the lower-left corner.
    Last edited by kaybee; 01-22-2018 at 04:55 PM.
    African cichlid and saltwater aquariums

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