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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:37 pm

Ok,what 3rd species do you recommend to go with Rusty's and salousi, and what ratio would you go as some people have kept multiple salousi males in the same tank online, or is this a bad decision? Thanks
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby Mudkicker1 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:52 pm

I personally would not add a third species. You already have blue, yellow and purple/brown.

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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:25 pm

Ok, or other combinations I was considering is yellow labs, cobalt zebras and would zebra obliquidens work with them two?
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby Mudkicker1 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:46 pm

You seem to be all over the place. Best is to pick your favourite species that you have confirmed can fit in your tank size. Once you determine your "must have" species, then you can work around that. So you should really determine which is a must have for you.

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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby DJRansome » Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:22 pm

If you are doing a species tank with a fish like saulosi because you want multiple males, think in terms of 3m:12f.

When you do multiple males you need even more females so you end up having less species. Stated another way, if you are getting 5 saulosi, you would not expect things to go well with 2m:3f or 3m:2f.

If you want three species you would aim for one male of each species.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:19 am

I need some stocking advice. I currently have 5 yellow labs and 5 Jalo reef in my tank. I want to put some blue in there and my breeder has the following. What type would work best
Socolofi, Maingano, acei, maison reef, hara
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby DJRansome » Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:21 pm

There is only one I would consider with your existing fish and your footprint. Socolofi.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby shiftyfox » Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:20 pm

DJ, purely in terms of aggression, Maingano or Socolofi..?
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby DJRansome » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:53 pm

I would not put maingano in a 48x12 tank since they are aggressive enough to need 1m:7f. We used to recommend them in 48x12 but too many Members had trouble with them.

Socolofi are also aggressive, but OK with 1m:4f.
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby shiftyfox » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:04 pm

Those fluval Roma 240 tanks are actually 15.7 inches wide and 21.6 inches high.
Does that make a difference or would it need to be 18 inches wide for Maingano..?
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby Mudkicker1 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:13 pm

shiftyfox wrote:Those fluval Roma 240 tanks are actually 15.7 inches wide and 21.6 inches high.
Does that make a difference or would it need to be 18 inches wide for Maingano..?
72x18 for Maingano

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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby shiftyfox » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:49 am

6 foot tank for Maingano, wowzers....!
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby SmellsFishy2me » Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:03 pm

I have added new fish to the tank today, and since they are used to different food to the breeders and don't know my tank routine they didn't get any food during feeding time, is there anything I should do or should I just see how it goes?
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Re: Setting up peacock tank

Postby DJRansome » Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:51 pm

Normally you would not feed the first day anyway...no lights, cover the tank until tomorrow.

Mbuna can go a month without food. They will probably start eating by day two or three.
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