Pseudotropheus demasoni
 

81F
Explanation of the symbols

75F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 120 cm - 50"
English name : Demason's Cichlid
This fish is rather aggressive to species of their own kind.  You should keep one male together with several females.  In this matter aggression can be divided.  In a very large aquarium with enough hiding places it is possible to keep more males.  The aquarium should be set up with  substrate of fine gravel and a lot of rocks that form caves and crevices. A regular changing of the water is necessary.

In their natural habitat they feed on microorganisms and crustaceans between the algae on the rocks.  In the aquarium you can give vegetable food such as spirulina.  Don't give them food with a large part of protein because they can get enteritis with a fatal end.

Breeding is easy.  A small amount of eggs are laid on a stone.  Immediately after that they are taken in the mouth by the female.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  The female retreats behind the rocks.  After a while the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother.  You can raise them with small Cyclops and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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