Demasoni Cichlid Profile
Common name: Demasoni cichlid
Scientific name: Pseudotropheus demasoni
Type of fish: Cichlid (mbuna)
Origin: Lake Malawi
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Max size: 4 inches
Growth Rate: Fast
Minimum tank size: 20 gallons for one, 55 gallons for a group
Aggressiveness: Aggressive. They are highly aggressive when kept alone and have a tendency to be fin-nippers. This aggression is mediated when Demasoni cichlids are kept in a group.
Tankmates: Mbuna, peacock cichlids, medium-sized American cichlids, Synodontis catfish
Sexing: Males have egg spots on the anal fin and are more colorful.
Notes: Overfeeding with high-protein foods can lead to bloating. Like other mbuna, Demasoni cichlids are best kept in large groups with other mbuna. The habitat for these fish should have lots of rocks as mbuna are rock-dwellers. Demasoni cichlids should not be kept with long-finned fish because this species is known for fin-nipping.