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Tankmates for OB Peacocks and Yellow Labs

Postby georgeellison » Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:29 pm

I’m back! Thank you for all of your help on the last thread - after a trip to the fish store today, my plans changed and I ended up getting OB peacocks (1M:4F) and Yellow Labs (2M:7F). I did plenty of reading before buying and most people said they had success - early signs are that they’re co-existing perfectly with very minimal aggression (the dominant peacock has chased a couple of labs away but nothing else). I’m now deciding what to put with them and I’m not sure what is compatible - haps, peacocks, Mbuna?? I want preferably two more species - something blue and something green/purple (flexible on this one as long as the colouring is different from the rest). I’m also hoping that one of the species will be a little more top dwelling and/or sand-dwelling as I have a few larger areas of sand and plenty of water above the rock.

Please do give your suggestions!!

The tank is a Fluval Roma 240 with 11x volume of the tank filtered per hour and LOTS of aeration!
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Re: Tankmates for OB Peacocks and Yellow Labs

Postby drewsda45 » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:39 pm

I've got electric blue sciaenochromis fryeri with my peacocks and labs and it's a great combo. When I used to keep mbunas in with them they were too aggressive. I actually keep my ob zebras in my SA tank now. Electric blue acaras are also great with my peacocks and labs. If you can get a nice male Otopharynx tetrastigma in there too. Mine is a beautiful green/ blue/ red finned fish.
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Re: Tankmates for OB Peacocks and Yellow Labs

Postby DJRansome » Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:59 am

Sounds like you are fully stocked with 14 individuals...enjoy the tank!
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Re: Tankmates for OB Peacocks and Yellow Labs

Postby Haplochromine guy » Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:59 pm

Blue Dragon Blood Male is Purple I used to have one you outta have one... Its a Peacock. Is it a 240 gallon? 14 fish do not fully stock that as a matter of fact you normally want to overstock because there are Mbunas... One more fish usually works with African Cichlids (Grins) I think some people will say that you can add 20+? Mbuna to a 55 gallon just to keep the aggression down. If they are peaceful which Yellow Labs and Peacocks are... You don't have to overstock so I don't recommend you need to get more. if you do... Haps are giants FYI and Mbunas are mostly - HEY THATS ROCK!!! YOU ARE DEAD!!!! So yeah be careful and only add peaceful Mbuna Species like the labs you got I can recommend Rusty/Lavender Cichlids (they are your purple/brown) for you they are not that bad as well as Zebra Cichlids some of those zebras you gotta watch out for. Really for the Peacocks you don't really have trouble finding a blue one so I am not going to recommend any species to you just find one you like.
Summary: Overstocking is okay just ensure that you have a large tank like maybe 75 gallons? and The other benefit is that it keeps aggression levels down and makes for a beautiful tank. Downside is that you need to have a lot of filtration and frequent say... 30-60% water changes weekly. What size tank do you have anyway? And it is not too hard to find species of your color preferences why you could find those colors in Peacocks alone!
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Re: Tankmates for OB Peacocks and Yellow Labs

Postby Haplochromine guy » Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:02 pm

georgeellison wrote:I’m back! Thank you for all of your help on the last thread - after a trip to the fish store today, my plans changed and I ended up getting OB peacocks (1M:4F) and Yellow Labs (2M:7F). I did plenty of reading before buying and most people said they had success - early signs are that they’re co-existing perfectly with very minimal aggression (the dominant peacock has chased a couple of labs away but nothing else). I’m now deciding what to put with them and I’m not sure what is compatible - haps, peacocks, Mbuna??Most Mbuna are incompatible. I want preferably two more species - something blue and something green/purple
Not too hard to find these colors
(flexible on this one as long as the coloring is different from the rest). I’m also hoping that one of the species will be a little more top dwelling and/or sand-dwelling as I have a few larger areas of sand and plenty of water above the rock.

Please do give your suggestions!!

The tank is a Fluval Roma 240 with 11x volume of the tank filtered per hour and LOTS of aeration!
<<<What size tank is this 240 gallons?

Its okay to overstock I recommend the Canister filter as well IDC what brand but I think I prefer the good Marineland like Keep it simple.
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Re: Tankmates for OB Peacocks and Yellow Labs

Postby Deeda » Tue Dec 22, 2020 2:28 pm

The OP has a Fluval Roma 240 tank which is approx. 63 gallons or 240 litres. It's 47"L x 16"W x 22"H approx.
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