02-10-2012, 06:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Tazman
No to the peacock going in with the yellow lab and acei. Peacocks are peaceful whereas the others are active and playful. It stresses the peacocks out to the point they will not color up (only males peacocks color up)
If you like peacocks, why not do an all male peacock tank, you can fit 12 fish maximum in a 55g. If you do all male peacock, either buy them already sexed (males get color, females say drab and grey/brown). If you cannot get them all male then get about 4 juveniles of each fish and wait until they age enough to sex.
Also as well, you would try and avoid males that look the same color wise, that way it will prevent any aggression. All male is a challenge but creates a stunning looking tank when it is setup.
mbuna (labs / acei), you would want to do harems of 1 male to 2-3 female and NOT all male, the males will fight constantly, again with a maximum of about 12 fish.
I would look at adding in a third species, something like red zebra (Metriaclima estherae) or rusties (Iodotropheus sprengerae) or cynotilapia afras to go along with what you already have.
Again, 1 male to 2-3 females.You can also add in 3 Bristlenose Plecos or 3 Synodontis Catfish (Multipunctus being a favourite)
Filtration you would need 10-15 times the tank volume so around minimum 550gph, these guys are messy fish.
Thanks Taz i was not sure if the peacock would work.. i really love the look of the two i have so i guess that mean i stay within the group i started..did not know that just males in the mbuna was not advisable either so.. back to the store i go get some lucky girls then.. and again.. thanks:)