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Pseudotropheus demasoni

12 years 5 months ago #4851 by stealthscope
Yea I plan to let them eat their own fry. So that won't be a problem.

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12 years 5 months ago #4844 by dragonkeeper
Personally I believe that your tank is at or very close to being full. Especially if you add in the 2 reds. I also don't think that you have enough room to put in the numbers of demasoni that are needed to keep them from killing each other.

Both yellow labs and P. acei are pretty low on the aggression levels and should bother the peacocks much at all. I would worry about hybridization between the Sunshines and Reds as peacock females are very similar especially the 2 peacocks that you have chosen. I have little doubt that these two peacocks will unintentionally hybridize. If you don't plan on raising the fry up to sell or trade off and plan to let them spit in the tank then I don't see a problem, but these fry will be suspect.

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12 years 5 months ago #4837 by stealthscope
Its a 55gal tank and has a bunch of rockwork... well at least I think so

I have:

4 acei (though one might be a hybrid...)
5 yellow labs
3 sunshine peacocks
1 female guppy... the other jumped out ... :P

..and will be getting two ruby reds as well

fight now my acei are a bit hyper themselves and the sunshines are ok.. one of my females always hides but the male is very bold along with the other female

(On a side note ...is it normal for acei to be obsessed with bubbles? Mine swimg through them..back and fourth for hours ..they will sometimes evern go all the way down to the bubble stick and swim around it...its kinda funny actually...)


If I get demasoni whats the recomended minimum that I can get? I can overstock because my tank is about 6 feet from the sink in the basement so waterchanges are a breeze.

I attached a pic of my tank (they are good at hiding...)

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12 years 5 months ago #4793 by dragonkeeper

There is definitely hope, but it may require some attentiveness and some work.  I would be ready to yank fish that are getting beat on at the first sight of anything more than little spats.

Size of tank and aquascaping are very important considerations if you want to keep P. demasoni in a community tank.
What size tank are you considering putting them in?


I am curious as to tank size first? It would help to also have a stock list as some peacocks can be quite a bit more aggressive than others.

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12 years 5 months ago #4768 by rm-slover
Replied by rm-slover on topic Pseudotropheus demasoni
some have pointed me out as the demasoni "expert" on this board. i love demasoni and have been keeping and breeding them for years. Demasoni have a bad reputation of being viscious fish. i can honestly say in the 2 years i have been breeding the species i have only had one death that was not a fry under one month old. and that fish didnt look very healthy when i added him to the tank in the first place.

while you claim to have a peaceful community tank some may disagree like myself. i have kept species of peacocks and they were pretty aggressive. i had a male and 2 females in a 33 gallon long tank and the male continuously beat onthe females although i had quite a bit of rockwork in the tank.

i currently keep demasoni in a 55 with yellow labs and absolutely love it, the mix of colors is amazing. the key to keeping demasoni in general is a top secrete with mbuna lovers, (more is better). Demasoni are aggressive species against eachother but not other species. they may also be aggressive against other species that appear similar in color. so keeping demasoni with labs wont be a problem. i've never kept acei and am too lavy to look up what they look like.

the demasoni will not be aggressive towards the peacocks, but the behavior of the demasoni and the chasing of eachother may be enough to drive your "peacful" peacocks batty and stress them to the point of death,  cause them to retreat to the corners, or may not bother them at all depending on tank size.

i currently keep 19 demasoni with 9 yellow labs in a 55 gallon tank along with 2 bristlenose.

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12 years 5 months ago #4764 by Finnegan@large
There is definitely hope, but it may require some attentiveness and some work.  I would be ready to yank fish that are getting beat on at the first sight of anything more than little spats.

Size of tank and aquascaping are very important considerations if you want to keep P. demasoni in a community tank.
What size tank are you considering putting them in?

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12 years 5 months ago #4763 by stealthscope
I always wanted Pseudotropheus demasoni in my tank but since I have peaceful cichlids (yellow labs, acei and sunchine peacocks) I was about to give up on that idea because I want to keep the fish I have not to mention I might eb getting more peacocks. BUT I found some people online that have kept them together... This guy is talking about his fish:

"This is my favorite peacock because it has (in my opinion) the most beautiful combination of colors and behavior. It is said to be the dominant one when placed with other peacock cichlids. males can be pretty hard on females. This peacock is, together with Aulonacara jackobfreibergi, probably the only one that can be kept with small mbuna. I keep mine with some Pseudotropheus demasoni.

Contributed by Victor Teran"

so is there hope for me?


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