09-25-2012, 08:17 AM
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40g breeder is minimum for any mbuna, something more suited to a small tank like a 29 would be Lake Tanganyika, shell dwellers.
If you can look for a 55, 75 or bigger tank. It gives the fish plenty of room to setup territories.
Also, it is not possible to mix mbuna with peacocks unless the tank is a 6ft 125g or bigger tank. The peacocks are very sedate compared to the more active mbuna and having both in a small tank will stress the peacocks, to the point the males will not color up at all or at worst kill them.
Yellow labs would give you a good starter fish, in a 55g tank say, you could have something like 12 fish in total, 1 male to 3 female of
Yellow labs, Afra (stay away from the white tops unless the tank is 75g, they can be quite aggressive in smaller tanks), Rusty cichlid, Red Zebra or acei. Generally stay away from the blue fish as most of them are aggressive and need the correct male to female ratio which can only be achieved in a tank of 75g or more, either that or it turns into a species only tank and you will have aggression issues with any other fish present in a 3ft or even a 4ft tank.
Saulosi are nice fish but they do best in a species only tank.