02-17-2012, 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Tazman
Welcome to the forum first of all.
Sand would be the preferred substrate as that is what Lake Malawi is...pool filter sand works very well and is very cheap, just remember to rinse it very very well.
With regards to doing an all male tank, I have a 180g all male tank and it is a lot of work. It is stable now but when I first set it up, I had several tanks cycled and ready to remove fish that simply were not working out.
It is by far the most colorful tank you will get but it will be an absolute MUST to have spare tanks cycled and ready.
If you do not go all male, then you want 1 Male to 3 female with a maximum of 12 fish. If the tank was 4ft long then you could add up to 16 fish. If you buy juveniles then you would be looking to get at least 8 of each. Once the males color up (only male peacocks color up), then you can remove fish to get the correct male-female ratio.
You would also need a filter(s) turning over 10-15 times your tank volume per hour. Decorations would be a lot of rock work and plenty of places for the fish to hide out.
Consider adding in 2-3 BristleNose plecos or synodontis multipunctus as bottom feeders.
thanks for the help. just bought some gravel today. went to 3 different lfs and they said either is fine, gravel is just so much easier to maintain and cheaper.
i will probably be trying to do all male tank. but, i will be buying all my fish as juveniles. Lots cheaper that way. so I wont know if they are male or female until they get older. then, ill have to go back and trade the females in for males.