Demasoni Cichlid - Pseudotropheus demasoni
Species name: Pseudotropheus demasoni
Common Names: Demasoni
Family: Cichlidae (Cichlids) , subfamily: Pseudocrenilabrinae
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Max. size: 10 cm / 4 inches
Origin: Lake Malawi¸ Pombo Rocks
Temperament: Very Aggressive.
Company: Can be kept with other species with the same temperament.
Water parameters: pH 7.5-8.5, temperature 24-28°C / 75-82° F
Aquarium setup: This very beautiful fish is very aggressive and needs a relatively large aquarium. Its recommended to keep a larger amount of this fish to avoid some of the aggression. 20-30 fishes are recommended. Requires stone formations that allow the fish good hiding places and free areas to swim on. Don’t use roots in your aquarium since they lower PH levels.
Feeding: Accepts all kinds, however the bulk of their diet should consist of vegetables.
Breeding: Mouth-brooder. The fish is even more aggressive during spawning and you risk loosing a few fishes due to fighting. The female will brood for approximately 3 weeks. You can tell if a female is brooding by her enlarged mouth and the fact that she isn’t eating. Fry accepts most kinds of food. Brooding females can be isolated for more productive breeding. It is recommendable to try to make the isolation as short as possible to avoid that the females loses their social status which may cause fights once they are returned. Stress might cause the females to eat eggs and fry. Some fry may survive in a community tank.
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