The Demasoni Cichlid
One of the most interesting tropical fish to keep at home is the Demasoni Cichlid. It has a unique set of traits and features that make it a great fish to watch. Its full name is the Pseudotropheus Demasoni and it is a dwarf Mbuna. It comes from the Pombo Rocks area of Lake Malawi in Tanzania, Africa. This is a rocky area with many caves, so their habitat should feature rock structures with cave like features. They area a freshwater tropical fish that needs a warm water tank.
Habitat And Structures
Thomas Giuretis The Malawi Demasoni is a social fish that prefers large schools. It is also very aggressive and territorial. It is wise to keep them in as large a tank as possible. A large school of at least twenty fish will help prevent domination by any single male. Keeping them separated from other fish will also help prevent problems. A large tank will give them room to explore and having multiple caves will give females and smaller males a place to be safe. This is a very curious fish and it will enjoy checking out all the different spaces. They are vegetarian but plants are not recommended as they may affect pH levels in the water. Any standard cichlid food will be appropriate for them to feed.
Description And Features
The Malawi Demasoni Cichlid is easily recognizable by its blue color and alternating stripes. A closer look shows that the stripes are a crisp and brilliant blue or black and light blue or white. The definition and color is more pronounced on the male, which also has spots on the anal fin, and is a little larger than the female. They are a mouth-brooding species that produces anywhere from six to twenty fry after spawning, depending on the size of the female.
Watching the Pseudotropheus Demasoni Cichlid reveals some interesting characteristics. They will swim in large schools but since they are very curious, they will also check out all the structures. When they become aggravated it is not uncommon for one of these fish to chase another over a large distance. The Demasoni Cichlid also show an interesting behavior when swimming and exploring. While the seem to enjoy hovering over structures, they also will hug the glass sides of the tank and swim along the contours of structures. While they are doing this, they will swim at odd angles to make sure they never expose their belly. All of these features and behaviors combine to make this a fun and interesting fish to raise at home. You can read this article to learn more about Demasoni Cichlids.
About the Author: Dustin Williams is an experienced aquarium owner and fish fanatic. He has owned several different types of freshwater fish over the past decade.
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The Demasoni Cichlid