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In principle I think your idea would work if the tank were big enough - that (most) mbuna would prefer the rocky region while (most) haps would prefer the open sands. But in practice I bet you may need 10,000 gallons or more to achieve enough separation of habitats to observe this effect.

In a 125 gallon, I think your dominant male mbunas will be most interested in claiming a territory near the rocks, but aside from that preference there will be mostly random distribution. However, this doesn't mean that a stocklist like you are proposing won't work. You'll just need to be careful to choose more easy-going mbuna and stay away from very timid haps. Is this going to be an all-male setup?
 
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