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No. I would suspect he is stalking them as opposed to protecting them. You will want to remove them from your tank so that as they mature, they don't get mixed up with the pure fish in case you ever might want to sell or give away the pure fish.

You might also want to reconsider a stocking plan with a female peacock and any socolofi (for eventual aggression) and a male socolofi (for a reoccurance of the hybrid fry scenario). The fish live on average 8 years and you will end up running out of room in your hybrid tank because those you cannot sell or give away.
 

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I believe you, I just think his motivation is different. If they are two inches they are old enough to spawn...perhaps he sees them as potential partners. The scientists tell us the female's parental protectiveness lasts only when the fry are in her mouth, and the male deposits sperm and that's it.

Perhaps your fish is the first to evolve.:)

In the hybrid tank you will also need to prevent fry else it will become overpopulated, so add a group of 5 Synodontis Multipunctatus and make all the rocks large to minimize crevices for fry to hide.
 
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