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Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:37 pm

Hi, I am interested in setting up a peacock cichlid tank, but am unsure how many/what type to go with.
The tank is 240lites and has dimensions of length: 122cm width:41cm height:56cm, what do you recommend?
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby Mudkicker1 » Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:43 pm

So it's a 55 gallon 48".
It has a small footprint so I would only do a breeding group of Peacock in that tank. 1M : 4-5F


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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:50 pm

SmellsFishy2me wrote:Hi, I am interested in setting up a peacock cichlid tank, but am unsure how many/what type to go with.
The tank is 240lites and has dimensions of length: 122cm width:41cm height:56cm, is it possible to go with all males and have a colorful tank?
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Peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:56 pm

Hi, I am new to keeping fish and was wondering how many peacocks you could keep in a 63gallon us tank 122cmx41cmx56cm (fluval Roma 240) , I am after a colorful tank with all male is this possible in this size tank and if so how many and what species would you recommend? If this tank is too small for peacock male what size would you recommend?

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Re: Peacock tank

Postby james1983 » Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:28 pm

It's just barely big enough. Just avoid any of the larger more aggressive jacobfreibergi peacocks. Try for 8-10 fish, you may have to get a few smaller haps since you dont want any peacocks that look similar. Yellow labs are also an option with peacocks in a tank like yours.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby DJRansome » Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:25 pm

Welcome to Cichlid-forum!

All male is challenging. Read the all-male article in the Cichlid-forum Library to understand what you might encounter.

In a smaller tank like yours, what about a single species tank with 3m:12f Chindongo saulosi? These are mbuna and males have blue bars, females are solid yellow orange. Lots of color.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby ken31cay » Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:19 pm

In a small tank like that I'd grow out 18-20 demasoni (dwarf mbuna) and rehome extra males as they mature.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby shiftyfox » Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:43 am

Hey SmellsFishy,

You talk about wanting plenty of colour, I think lake Malawi Mbuna’s would be just the ticket for your tank.
I wouldn’t go for an all species tank, you’ll soon get board and want to add more colour, especially if this is your first set up.
Also as much as I think demasoni are stunning I’d avoid for your first fish, you’ll have constant problems.

I assume most folk will suggest 3 species consisting of 1M 4F (15 fish total) and this would work just fine.

However I’d break those rules in your four foot tank and go for 1M and 3F and do 4 of the more peaceful species
(16 fish total)

Think in terms of colour. Yellow, dark blue, light blue and 1 striped species. If you can obtain those colours from your local breeder/shop you’ll be cooking on gas.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby DJRansome » Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:04 am

For another view, I have never had long term success with quads (1m:3f) unless you are talking about yellow labs.

Demasoni are pretty but they are a lot of work and drama so you would have to be extremely stubborn and dedicated.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:39 am

I have purchased the fluval Roma 240 tank, which came with a fluval 306, I was bought an upgrade by my uncle to a biomaster350 today. I have decided that the tank is unfortunately too small to home peacocks, so have decided to go with mbuna instead. How many mbuna would you keep in this size tank, and how many/what species?

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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby DJRansome » Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:53 pm

What are the dimensions of the new tank?
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:54 am

121cm x 41cm x 56cm
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby DJRansome » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:46 am

Sorry I thought you ending up buying a different tank.

A mbuna tank with good odds of success would be 3 species max and 1m:4f of each shooting for 15 peaceful adults that mature <= six inches.

You can't beat yellow labs for color. Iodotropheus are good beginner fish. You could do socolofi or Metriaclima callainos for blue.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:53 pm

I like the the combination of salousi and yellow tail acei, is it possible to do these two with something like rustys?
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby Mudkicker1 » Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:21 pm

SmellsFishy2me wrote:I like the the combination of salousi and yellow tail acei, is it possible to do these two with something like rustys?
Acei get too big for a tank your size. You don't need to have three species. Go with Saulosi and rusties and you will have a great set up without any carnage.

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