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Can I put 2 female demasoni together in a tank?

Postby Marcashugo » Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:18 am

I've bought from a fish farm, one female one male. Was told that female are carrying eggs and advise to seperate them until the eggs hatch. However, I wanted for almost 2 weeks and the eggs were gone. Thinking that she haven't been eating for quite long, I fed her more. However, I decided to put her back to the one male. At first it look interesting as the male colour up and keep like trying to attract her. But mins later, the male became aggressive and keep chasing her fiercely. And now, I've to seperate her. How can I breed them again?
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Re: Can I put 2 female demasoni together in a tank?

Postby DJRansome » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:27 am

It is not unusual that a male will harass/kill a lone female. Malawi are harem breeders and ideally you would have many females (for example 4 or more) for every male. Buy more demasoni to breed them.
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Re: Can I put 2 female demasoni together in a tank?

Postby Marcashugo » Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:20 pm

But I dunno how to choose female. The farm I went, charged very expensive, price is like 5 times more than our local aquarium shop. Do u know how we should choose?
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Re: Can I put 2 female demasoni together in a tank?

Postby DJRansome » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:01 pm

They are hard to sex at any age.

What we usually do is buy 2X as many unsexed juveniles and then rehome any males that cause trouble as they mature. That does not work well if they are expensive.

Demasoni aggression can be managed with large groups of 12 or more individuals after removing troublesome males. Even if you get this one female to spawn, the average number of eggs is 9.

I would probably buy 6 unsexed juveniles but if you want to try spawning the lone female perhaps you could put her with the male for brief and closely supervised periods.
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Re: Can I put 2 female demasoni together in a tank?

Postby Marcashugo » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:08 pm

Thanks for the advise. I'll take note of it.
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