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It is truly amazing these fish are.

I bought some demasonis about 1 month ago, and they were about 1".

Now one of the females is holding, and she is about 1 1/4" long. I am amazed at how fast these fish begin to breed. Question is, them being so small, and breeding so early, can anyone with a similiar experience tell me how many eggs can she push out at that size?
 

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The smallest clutches I got from my young moms were around 10-12.

I also noted a longer time frame in between spawns at younger ages, but each spawn produces more fry.

Good luck!

(I strip those with a turkey baster...Too tiny to hold and strip like you do with larger cichlids.)

Kim
 

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I think I will wait until a few weeks to strip her. In my opinion its less work.

Funny thing is, I have 4 demasoni in total. On Tuesday I called the LFS and ordered 11 more demasoni to pick up on Friday, yesterday morning I look in the tank only to find out that the dems are one step ahead of me.
 

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I've been getting 7-9 fry out of mine.
 

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I got about 10-12 fry from each of my two holding mothers, but like an idiot I thought they'd be safe in a breeder net in my main tank, and when I got home from work the rest of the cichlids had pulled them through the tiny holes. I think the biggest violators were my Acei and my Albino Cobalts.

Anyway, I've got a 20G cube fry tank now with a holding Rusty and the lone survivor of my Demasoni spawn in it. I hope crushed Spirulina flakes are good enough for him.
 

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I got 6 fry out of mine and she was about 4-5 cm long at the time.

I think it depends heavily on the food you give them and whether or not they were disturbed while spawning. I found that as I was getting some males out of my tanks the spawns became bigger. The male/female ratio seems to have some effect on the number of fry you end up with.

Also, I wouldn't make the fry a part of your group...I think it's better to sell them and get more females from another source/blood-line. Inbreeding might lead you to a very poor gene pool.
 
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