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I have 2 cichlid tanks and would like to add a demasoni colony to one of them but I'm not sure if they will work in either. Both have plenty of holey rock and/or lava rock so there are plenty of hiding places.

The 75 Gallon
Filtration - 1 Rena Filstar XP3, 1 Aquaclear 110

Fish
6 - Metriaclima estherae
6 - Labidochromis caeruleus
5 - Pseudotropheus polit
4 - Pseudotropheus socolofi
1 - Unidentified - Sold to me as a BB Chilumba but looks somewhat like a Red Top Zebra
1 - Rubber Lip Pleco

Would adding 12-15 Demasoni be too many fish for this tank?

The 46 gallon bowfront
Filtration - Rena Filstar XP2, 1 Millenium 2000

1 - Labidochromis caeruleus
2 - Metriaclima estherae
3 - Pseudotropheus polit (half inch fry)

Is the 46 gallon bowfront big enough to keep 12-15 Demasoni without them killing each other? I can get rid of the fish already in there if necessary.

thx,
Anthony
 

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Tough call. Not recommendable, but assuming there are a lot of rocks to break up territories, and you're going to do a ton of water changes, I think it could be made to work in either tank(the 46 probably only if you got rid of the other fish). Keep the fish well fed and keep the water clean, and adding 12 of those would probably be okay. I would sooner put them in the 75 because its a 4-foot tank, but the 46 is probably better for them, because with a group of 12, there probably won't be any single fish on the bottom of the pecking order, so they'll all take a little aggression here and there, but it would probably work out. In the 75, the demasoni might go after other species and not keep to themselves. Tough call, definitely feasible, but certainly not without risk. You're starting to push the bioload limits, but w/ regular water changes, you'll just have to keep an eye on aggression. Good luck with whatever you decide.
 

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I'd wait for the polit fry to grow out enough to sell, put the zebras, labs in the 75G and put 12 Demasoni in the 46G.
 

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DJRansome said:
I'd wait for the polit fry to grow out enough to sell, put the zebras, labs in the 75G and put 12 Demasoni in the 46G.
I agree...

Kim
 
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