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Hey! I am about to purchase a wild pair of Kandeensis, and have a few questions that I can't seem to find the answers to.. The seller gave me the information on the person who he got the wild pair from and stuff so I have all of that.. At what age will they start breeding? Are their breeding patterns like other Malawi Cichlids? The seller says they are about 2.5" and about a year in a half old. They look like babies to me. Any advice or information regarding these guys would be great because they are going to cost me a pretty penny and I want to make sure its worth it! Thanks!
 

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They aren't pairing fish, so you would want more than one female for the male.

Is this an importer you're getting them from? (Don't say names...) If so, ask to see the import packing slip on them.

If it's someone else claiming to have had them for awhile, I'd question them being wild at that size. It's not impossible for them to be wild, but IME most of the wild peacocks I've seen are a bit larger than that.

They will spawn around 3 inches, the female might spawn at a bit smaller size than that.

Are they showing any colour? If the male isn't, I wouldn't touch them.
 

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Actually because of overfishing of wild caught fish many more fish are being imported at smaller sizes.

The Kandeense peacock really does best in a species only tank to look it's best.
 

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Yeah you will definately need a few females and a tank of there own. If you put them in with other peacocks/haps who knows what sort of hybrids you will end up with, which is usually the case for most haps.
To answer your question, like most peacocks the male will have to be in full colour almost. About 3" long. Can you get hold of a few more females?
 

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Also, putting them in with any other cichlid, the male would never show a fraction of how good he can look. They're extremely timid by cichlid standards. Haven't kept them, but I keep in close contact with some people who do keep some wilds.
 
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