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post #1 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Demasoni questions

How big do they get? How many could i have in a 75g? What to feed them? How many to have in a tank? I read they are vegetarians so would they eat plants, like could i grow things they would eat in a spare tank then keep adding them to the main tank as food?

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 04:06 PM
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Demasoni are mbunas and all mbunas need plant matter some more than others. You need to feed them something like sprinula flakes or any vegetarian fish food really but I suggest sprinula flakes or pellets. You need to keep them in groups of 12 or more because they have a very high conscpecific aggression(aggression toward thier own species). I would keep them in that size tank with like 6-8 yellow labs. The colors will look amazing. They are what is considered a "dwarf mbuna" and only get around 3in.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Ya i was looking for the sprinila stuff at the pets store a few minutes ago but didnt see any. How hard are demasoni to come by?
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-12-2010, 06:19 PM
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Not hard. Most LFS's that stock any reasonable number of mbuna will likely have them. They can tend to be a bit on the expensive side, though.

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Yes they can be pricey. Combined with the fact that you need to but lot of them, the numbers will start to add up.
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-13-2010, 01:21 AM
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If you go to livefishdirect.com and look them up there. They arnt that pricy there like $3 to $4 a peice when you get 6 or more. Shipping is like $34 for overnight delivery. They are very nice looking fish. I will agree with rrcoolj they do need to be in large groups. I have ordered some from there. They may only get 2.5 inchs tho. You can feed them any vegi flake foods.
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-13-2010, 05:45 AM
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Wow, that is a good price. So long as you buy at least six, even with the $34 shipping that price beats the lowest I've seen in stores (about $10 a pop). They're actually $20 each on liveaquaria. Expensive but very good looking fish.

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post #8 of 13 Old 01-13-2010, 06:56 AM
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I agree with mollies. Livefishdirect is a great place to buy african cichlids as well as all other types of fish. I have ordered them on numerous occasions and I was very happy with the quality of the fish. And the greates thing is if you choose to buy the fish at a slightly larger size they will sex them for you so you can pick what gender you want. Some fish have this and some fish don't.
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-23-2010, 07:07 PM
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Very small for a Mbuna, highly territorial. Make sure each will have its own space to call its own. I have ket a variety of Africans and currently keep a colony of Tropheus now, and Demasonis make them look like sissies. Definately does not play nice with others.
Neat couple facts on them though. They are not endangered in the wild due to human encroachment, but only come from the area the size of I think one or two football fields. There are more Demasonis in breeder's tanks than there are in the wild.
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-23-2010, 07:55 PM
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I would get more than 6. maybe like 8-10 thier conspecific aggression is very high but they should get long fine with other fish.
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