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Wanting to add a peacock

Postby ironspider » Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:19 am

So my significant other wants a strawberry cichid, not sure where she saw it but she really wants it. I havent even researched where or if I can get it.

I have a 4ft 55g tank stocked with mbuna's. I'm overstocked now due to the crazy breeding of the rusties but I plan on giving some of the rusties to the LFS. Also in the tank are cobalt blue, yellow lab, yellow tail acei, one demasoni. I did successfully keep a non mbuna (can't remember the name) for a while before getting bored with them and rehoming.

Can I be successful with the strawberry?
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Re: Wanting to add a peacock

Postby DJRansome » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:51 am

I would expect the answer to be no. If you really want to try, an OB peacock might work better since it is half mbuna. But hybrids like the strawberry can also be more aggressive than other peacocks so if you happen to get one with an aggressive personality...

The next problem is adding one fish. You want to add at least 3 fish to an established tank.

Get a very mature, large individual. This usually has a better chance if the tank is very large and the haps and peacocks are already very mature and mbuna are added as juveniles.
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Re: Wanting to add a peacock

Postby ironspider » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:08 am

So we found a couple strawberries and an OB at the LFS, the OB is absolutely gorgeous.

First though, I had to remove some Rusties that was a chore in itself. I've never removed a healthy fish from the tank, they can be quite elusive. I ended up having to take ALL the rocks out and the fake plants. This process of chasing the Rusties around really put all the fish is a state of panic, we felt really bad about doing this, you could feel the terror they were experiencing. Anyway, I got four Rusties out and gave them to the LFS.

An hour and a half later I get back to introduce the new fish and everyone seems fine. But shortly after the introduction of the new guys some changes started happening. I always had two dominant Cobalts, but one has been hiding most of the time as of late, but now both are this super bright baby blue color and chasing everyone around, not just the new guys. Even the lone Demasoni that has been drab has colored up a bit. There is definitely more activity in what has been a very boring tank lately. All they did was hide when we came by, hopefully the addition of these will liven up the tank.
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