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I have 15 demasoni in a 45 gallon four foot tank. They are 4 months old and the largest are two inches.
I'd like to add three or four fish (one species) for contrast. I could do yellow labs - I see that many do but I had labs for four years and would like a change.
Another yellow fish would be fine if you can suggest one but I was wondering about something in red. I've never had red African cichlids.
By the way, at what age do demasoni start to breed?
 

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the only one i know thats red is metriaclima estherae ( red zebra ) but im not sure your tank is big enough. maybe 1m/2-3f, bearing in mind these can be quite agressive.
*** seen this combo before it looks awesome, be sure to provide plenty of rockwork for them so the gals can escape his agression.
good luck,

regards chromedome :thumb:
 

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I have both and would not do zebras in a 36" tank plus IME you need at least four females since they ARE aggressive.

For a second species in a 36" tank, you'd want a trio of labs or another dwarf. Rusties might work, maybe Cichlidaholic will chime in. I can't think of another dwarf that does well in small groups and is a good color contrast to Demasoni.
 

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Cyno Lions, check them guys out
 

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DJRansome said:
I have both and would not do zebras in a 36" tank plus IME you need at least four females since they ARE aggressive.

For a second species in a 36" tank, you'd want a trio of labs or another dwarf. Rusties might work, maybe Cichlidaholic will chime in. I can't think of another dwarf that does well in small groups and is a good color contrast to Demasoni.
punman says its a 4ft tank
wouldnt this make a difference?
 

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Yes it would, I missed that. Thanks, cromedome! Red Zebras are red-orange, but the closest you can get to red in mbuna. One male, four females should work. It IS a nice color combination.
 

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Is it hard to sex red zebras?
I checked the library section and it seems there are many varieties of this.
I am still open to suggestions of other yellow fish that might work as well.
I have access to 5 more demasonis as well. Should I add them before these guys get too established or is 15 demasonis and 3 other fish for contrast enough in a 4 foot, 45 gallon tank?
 
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