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harem or all male tank?

Postby DSAquatics » Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:16 pm

Hey all, I have researched a lot and can't seem to come to a consensus. I want a 55 gallon peacock tank and I don't know if it would be better to do an all male tank or pick 3 species and give them a harem of females(so 3 males total). Can anyone help? thanks
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Re: harem or all male tank?

Postby DJRansome » Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:11 pm

Either can work but all-male is challenging in any tank and 55G is on the smaller side for all male. On the other hand 55G is ideal for 3 species of mbuna in a harem and you can choose species with colorful females.

You would not want 3 species of peacocks in the same tank with mixed genders because they crossbreed.

You could to 1m:4f of each:
Aulonocara (peacock)
Yellow labs

The labs would all be colorful, the male hap and male peacock would be colorful. And 8 silver or brown females.
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
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