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Hey everyone I am looking to set up a new 90 gallon hap/peacock tank. I have a few really nice pieces of driftwood that I am currently curing in large tubs outside. Hopefully I can get a lot of the tannin's leached out before I get the tank set up. I don't plan on setting this tank up till after summer vacations are over so I have a month or 3 for those things to cure, plus the time cycling the tank. I have looked over the cookie cutter lists of livestock in the library and here are the plans so far. any input or suggestions would be really appropriated.

equipment:
Fluval fx6 filter (need to purchase)
Fluval E series 300w heater(own)
Some sort of Hydor circulator(need to purchase)
Fluval fresh and plant 3.0 light(need to purchase).(I have one for my 20 gallon low tech planted and I love it)

livestock:
Placidochromis phenochilus - 5
Copadichromis trewavasae -5
Protomelas taeniolatus (Red)-5

Plants:
annubais attached to the driftwood and rocks
floating frog bit

as far as the stocking goes I was planning on getting juveniles so I am not sure if I should by more than the 5 that are recommended and then pair down to 5 of each species when dominance m/f ratios have been sorted out? Also I was hoping to add a group of less rambunctious mbuna to the tank if possible, probably not yellow labs.

anyway I am just starting to put things into motion so I am looking for input/feed back so I don't make any expensive mistakes. I had a 75 all male hap peacock show tank in the past, but I really didn't enjoy the circus that came with that, also I had several of the species show less than brilliant coloring due to dominance issues. thanks in advance!
 

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Tank set up has the same post. Let's keep this one just for stocking.

I find Phenos and Trewavasae to be on the timid side...I think you will get better color from them if you eliminate the empress. Also it is a big fish for a 48" tank...too big IME.

How about a yellow or red peacock species instead. You could try acei with the haps and peacocks, although the labs would give you some yellow and you already have a lot of blue.
 

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sounds good my wife really likes yellow labs anyway.. any peaceful read peacock you suggest? Also I plan on getting unsexed juveniles and growing them out, adding them to the tank all at one time after the cycle is complete. Should I order 5 juveniles of each species or more to get down to my ratio of 1m to 3/4 females?
 

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I like 4 females so I guy 8 unsexed juveniles and rehome extra males as/if it becomes necessary. Aulonocara rubescens is the red I like.
 
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