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brought 20 juvs to start my mbuna tank
5 kenyi 4 males 1 female and she died
5 albino red tops 1 jumped out of the tank unnoticed 4 male
5 yellow labe 4 male and 1 female
5 red zebra looking like it may be 5 male
3 cobalt blue 2 males 1 female
1 of each of the males are now in the peacock tank and so far so good

watching my peacock tank waiting for the last juv to colour an ahli
then i spotted he was a she doing the deed with my midnight peacock she is now in the mbuna tank and has gone from silver to almost black

after the lockdown i shall have to travel around the local shops looking for females dont think i want to risk buying more juvs
 

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You might want to choose species that look nothing alike and are not closely related before deciding to add females. What are the dimensions of your tank?
 

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mbuna tank is a 4 foot deep
will be looking out for female mbuna to balance out the males

peacock tank is a normal 4 foot but soon to be replaced by a 6 foot will be looking around for more males that dont look too much like the ones i have
 

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In a tank that is 48x18 with mixed gender mbuna, I would limit to 4 species and choose different genera. 1m:4f of each.

The kenyi, red zebra and cobalt blue are all Metriaclima (same genus) so I would choose one and I would not choose the kenyi. Say the Metriaclima callainos a.k.a. Cobalt Blue.

Yellow labs good

If the albino red top is greshakei or ice blue, then that too is Metriaclima greshakei.

Rehome the others as opposed to adding females? Keep the yellow labs and callainos and build from there?
 

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DJRansome said:
In a tank that is 48x18 with mixed gender mbuna, I would limit to 4 species and choose different genera. 1m:4f of each.

The kenyi, red zebra and cobalt blue are all Metriaclima (same genus) so I would choose one and I would not choose the kenyi. Say the Metriaclima callainos a.k.a. Cobalt Blue.
RE Kenyi: these guys have been a terror in my six foot tank. As they've reached adulthood male(s) have been near impossible, females are a little better but still rule the other species that I've had in there.
 

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the midnight hap has struck again seems one of the ob peacocks was a female as well
any surviving male fry will be interesting
oh well another one into the mbuna tank
 
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