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125 gallon conversion to all male Hap/Peacock group

Postby rookie-cichlid1978 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:19 pm

Wanted to explore the cost of a conversion and see what might be a good species list. also if it might be possible to keep 1-2 species in a 1m:4f group and the rest as all males.
Overall goals are two-fold: a "calmer" tank instead of a "spirited" tank. Slightly understocked at fully grown to keep the group as long as they can live in the 125g.
I am using a FX6 plus a Cascade 1500 for filtration plus a large Hydro Sponge driven by a Fluval pump. This is a living room show tank and the plan will be to obtain premium males at the higher price point.

Fish i would like to keep from current stocking - C. borleyi and P. electra. Even better if I can keep them as 1m:4f.

So Option 1: what male species could live with the above grouping?

Option 2: If i can only keep 1 male borleyi and 1 male electra, what else could be purchased to round out the tank

Option 3: If the borleyi has to go, what can live with the electra?

Thank you.
125g: latifasciata, borleyi, stuartgranti(maleri), caeruleus, acei, electra, lucipinnis
36g: P.scalare; 29g: N.brevis; 75g: N.caudopunctatus
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Re: 125 gallon conversion to all male Hap/Peacock group

Postby DJRansome » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:50 pm

What might work better is to have 1m:4f yellow labs and acei and then keep your borleyi, electra and some others.

I am surprised with the mix you have that your tank is not calm? Who is causing problems?
125G Borleyi, Maleri, Astatotilapia, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Maingano, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Petricola
33G Hara; 33G Kwanga; 33G Homeless Peacocks; 33G Cobue
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Re: 125 gallon conversion to all male Hap/Peacock group

Postby rookie-cichlid1978 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:18 pm

I am having rehoming issues because most folks dont want to take 1-3 fish and end up with poor ratios in their tanks!! So to help the immediate problem, I thought of a larger full species group removal.

Maleri, acei, yellow labs, astatotilapia = gone and then build up a with a smaller add-on of colored male haps or peacocks to go with the Borleyi and Electra. Reduce bioload and add color or so i was thinking.

still investigating and collecting info while I wait for interested parties and increase my WC percentages per your recommendation 2 days back.
125g: latifasciata, borleyi, stuartgranti(maleri), caeruleus, acei, electra, lucipinnis
36g: P.scalare; 29g: N.brevis; 75g: N.caudopunctatus
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Re: 125 gallon conversion to all male Hap/Peacock group

Postby Kipnlilo » Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:54 pm

If you want color, why not try to keep the Maleri as yellow (if it’s male) with the Borleyi and Electra?
125G x2 Male Hap Peacock Mbuna
55G Female Hap Peacock
40G Mbuna
10G Hospital
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Re: 125 gallon conversion to all male Hap/Peacock group

Postby DJRansome » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:44 am

Among the haps and peacocks, you want females for all or no females. They will crossbreed and be aggressive to win the limited females and the risk is high that females will be harassed, become ill, and die.
125G Borleyi, Maleri, Astatotilapia, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Maingano, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Petricola
33G Hara; 33G Kwanga; 33G Homeless Peacocks; 33G Cobue
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Re: 125 gallon conversion to all male Hap/Peacock group

Postby rookie-cichlid1978 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:58 am

Thank you for the advice. I will see what comes off the rehoming activity.
125g: latifasciata, borleyi, stuartgranti(maleri), caeruleus, acei, electra, lucipinnis
36g: P.scalare; 29g: N.brevis; 75g: N.caudopunctatus
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