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In the near future i'll be setting up a 90 gallon and wanted to know if 6 demasoni, 6 lab hongi, 6 acei, and 4 peacocks would work. I'm looking to breed these fish and have heard the dems have to be in groups of like 12.
Would these 6 be ok or would the dom. male kill the rest off?
Any suggestions about numbers and species would be appretiated :)
 

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I have 2 males and 4 females of demasoni I have had them for over a year with no problem. they are always breeding. I have them in a 55 with 6 yellow labs 8 L trewevase and 8 pseudo. hojomaylandi. They get along and have no problems. You will be fine with 6 but dont go any lower then that
 

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I had 6 for quite some time, and just like many others i argued that they were doing fine.. then one day (after a couple years) one came up missing.. then a month or so later another.. then another until I had 1 male left. I have since added 9 more and they seem OK but will be adding more.

Since fish dont read books or the internet there will always be the exception to the rule but dont be suprised when the numbers begin to thin out when you break the rules...
 

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In a 90G you'd want more like 15 Demasoni and I'd be worried the peacocks wouldn't color up to their potential (or get enough to eat) in a tank with such aggressive mbuna.
 

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I agree more like 15 demasoni's would be ideal. No less than 12 dem's! You will only run into problems as they will torture eachother. They are a great looking fish and are fun to breed. As so as they start to breed it will seem like they never stop!! LOL
 

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One other thing, with these numbers of fish (6a+6h+12d+4p=24 fish :eek: )
Maybe i don't know too much about stocking but it really seems like a lot of fish.
I may think about 8-10 dems and still deciding on the peacocks but wow, really.
Just think about maturity. Won't they need a bigger tank. I've got about 4 years to mess with them and will then be going to school. My parents definetly won't be taking care of my fish.
 

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Hongi and Demasoni are dwarfs, you can have more in a species group than you can with a 6" fish. Take a look at the numbers recommended in the cookie cutters for your tank size. To maximize odds of success, the Demasoni need at least 12 individuals regardless of the tank size to spread aggression so the alpha male won't pick off the other fish one-by-one.

(I learned the hard way, I decided 9 would work just fine. After a year I added more in a hurry!)
 
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