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More Fish?

Postby javi818ca » Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:35 am

I currently have a 55g all male peacock/hap tank, I want to add more fish, but want to know how many fish is pushing it for a 55g, I would prefer to add a couple more peacocks, looking for a bit more colored ones to add to the tank that dont not look to similar to my current ones..

My current stock
Peacocks:
Blue Regal
Benga Yellow
Ngara Flametail Orange
Bi Color 500
German Red
Haps:
Aristo Yellow Blaze
Deep Water Hap
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Re: More Fish?

Postby DJRansome » Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:35 am

You have room for at least one more fish and you might be able to squeeze two or three. I'd stick with the peaceful ones...you have some of the most colorful already. What about a turkis? Pale blue/turquoise?
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Re: More Fish?

Postby Michael_M » Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:20 pm

I really love my Lwanda peacock, somewhat similar to bi colour/benga in colour pallet; Blues and yellow-orange. I have all 3 and the Lwanda puts the others to shame. Has more interesting fins too. I keep mine in a 6ft tank though, so I'm not sure if they would all colour up well in a 55.
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Re: More Fish?

Postby marvo » Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:00 pm

Lwanda peacock!! have 2 wondered what they were..now have hybred orange with blue fins..shame on me but beautiful fish
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Re: More Fish?

Postby DanniGirl » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:19 pm

In a 55 gal. tank, I'd stay away from a Lwanda, Walteri or any Jacobfreibergi variant.
Your best bet would be as already mentioned or a smaller Copadichromis species which lacks the white blaze. Another suggestion would be a Protomelas marginatus.
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Re: More Fish?

Postby newforestrob » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:02 am

the problem you face now ,will be adding one or two ,to an already established tank
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Re: More Fish?

Postby javi818ca » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:32 am

Thanks for the great advice, im planning on adding 2 more peacocks maybe 3
First two for sure
1.Aulonocara stuartgranti Chiwindi ''Blue Neon''
2.Aulonocara sp. ''Chitande Type North'' Nkhata Bay ''Yellow Head''
Maybe
3.Aulonocara saulosi ''Green Face''
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Re: More Fish?

Postby gverde » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:10 pm

I like the suggestion of the Chiwandi Blue Neon. I have one male 3" in with a large group of 4-5" male phenochilus. Very pretty fish and also fairly peaceful.
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125G 1 Pair Phenochilus Mdoka "White Lips", P. Tanzanias, L. Kandalli, A. Christy
55G 1M 6F Phenochilus Tanzanias, Troheous dubois maswa
40G Placidochromis Mdoka "White Lips" fry
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Re: More Fish?

Postby javi818ca » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:14 pm

By any chance do you know the difference between:
Aulonocara stuartgranti Chiwindi ''Blue Neon'' and Aulonocara stuartgranti Hai Reef ''Blue Neon''
I cannot find a clear answer, only found that they come from different parts of the lake and that the chiwindi is a brighter yellow
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Re: More Fish?

Postby DJRansome » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:19 am

That's the difference. Same fish but they developed slightly differently in the two collection points. One is from Chiwindi and one is from Hai Reef, both are Aulonocara stuartgranti.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
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33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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