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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:46 pm

Thanks I think I will start with Peacocks as based on my research they need less rock work.....Any recommendations for the height...will start the scaping this afternoon
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:15 pm

With peacocks you don't necessarily have to stack...some spaced out large rocks are sufficient unless you choose a cave dwelling peacock species.

If you are going mixed gender, stock one species of peacock/tank.
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:37 pm

ok started with 6 peacocks today....will add 6 more in a week....and probably every week until I have 50
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:14 pm

If you are going mixed gender I would shoot for 25 individuals and all one species. So you might get 1 or 3 or 5 males showing color...the females are silver brown.

If you are going all-male I would shoot for 18 individuals an no look-alikes. I was never able to find even 6 peacocks that looked nothing alike. Once I had yellow, red and blue it started to be difficult.
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:44 pm

25 0r 18 for a 180 gallon tank?
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:10 pm

It is 72" long right? The gallons don't have much of an impact on the stocking.
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:13 pm

Yea 6 foot
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:23 am

So I am clear are you saying 25 is the max for the tank...
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby DJRansome » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:37 pm

It is the max if you are talking about mixed gender peacocks with (depending on the species) 5 males and 20 females...all one species. You would not want to choose a hybrid peacock or a Jacobfreigergi peacock for this type of stocking.

If you want to put one male of each then I like 18 individuals in the tank. Some will go higher, but not as high as 50 individuals.

I am assuming if you include haps you choose species that mature at 6 inches or less. A large hap like Nimbochromis venustus would have lower stocking numbers.
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:55 pm

No haps just want a peacock tank. Ok I was told to overstock on peacocks to help with aggression. Seems that advice was off the mark.

Another question, apart from New Life Spectrum 1mm cichlid formula what else should I feed?
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby DJRansome » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:29 pm

25 fish is the correct level of overstocking. Or 18 if you are doing all males. Some doing all-male go higher than this, but I've tried a bunch of scenarios and 18 is my favorite number.

No need to feed anything other then NLS 1mm Cichlid formula.

If you want to feed something else for fun try Mysis.
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:54 pm

Thank you.....you have been most helpful...I have a good baseline I just need to observe and enjoy the journey
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:25 am

Ok I have added the 25 peacocks....quick question can a school of giant Danios coexist with peacocks?
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby DJRansome » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:23 pm

If you already have 25 fish I would not add danios. What species did you go with? How many males? How many females?
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33G Hara; 33G Kwanga; 33G Maingano; 33G Cobue
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Re: Cichlid Newbie

Postby oval291 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:39 pm

There are juveniles so they have not coloured up yet so don't know the male to female ratio...
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