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Demason’s cichlid - Pseudotropheus demasoni

Demason’s cichlid - Pseudotropheus demasoni

Scientific name: Pseudotropheus demasoni

Common name: Demason’s cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 8 cm (1.57 - 3.15 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 8 - 8.9

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 18°N (178.57 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

A low protein diet should be given to Demason’s cichlid with vegetable matter included. Spirulina flake with a variety of cichlid pellets or sticks should provide the staple food. Try to avoid meaty foods as they are full of protein.


Africa; Demason’s cichlids are endemic to Lake Malawi.


Although there is no difference in the colouration or markings, the males tend to be more aggressive and bolder than the females.


Demason’s cichlids are mouth brooders and the males can be quite enthusiastic when it comes to breeding time. Provide some flat surfaces in the tank for the spawning areas, flat rocks are ideal. The female will brood the eggs for 2-3 weeks but when the fry are released, they can be fed on cyclopeeze or newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Pseudotropheus demasoni is 8 years.

Short description

Due to the aggressiveness of Pseudotropheus demasoni, a species tank is the best option. Try to keep the number of males down compared to the females and stock quite heavily compared to other set ups. Because of the large stocking level, a large weekly water change is a must.


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