I'm coming up on three years with my 90G mixed Malawi tank. I started out with 4 breeding groups, P. Electra, Red Shoulder Peacock, Acei and Yellow Labs. I struggled to keep females alive for the haps and peacocks, This was caused by aggression within the groups from what i was seeing, and eventually I decided to try only male haps and peacocks with the 2 Mbuna groups. This is working a lot better, but i still have to move the male Acei to a separate tank off and on, because he can stress out the whole tank when he's in spawning mode.
Male Haps and Peacocks
- 1 Kandango, 1 P. Electra, 1 Red Empress, 1 Taiwan Reef, 1 Sunshine Peacock
- Acei - 1 male 4 female
- Yellow Lab - 1 male 3 female
We're planning to move sometime this year, and I'm planning to upgrade to a 6 or even 8ft tank if can find a good spot in our new place. I would want to add more male haps/peacocks at that point to get the stocking right. In the meantime, I'm thinking of adding a few more Acei to get a bit more shoaling action from them, and also try to find another large male peacock to spread out some of the mild aggression I'm seeing with my largest fish (Kandango -> Electra). I think the larger tank will be really good for the Kandango, and hopefully my Acei won't need the entire length of the tank for spawning
I'd love to hear some thoughts on this, you guys have helped me a ton so far