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I was looking for some advide on building a peacock/hap all male tank. I would like to add some peacocks to my tank if possible, but was unsure if I could have other males of different groups (i.e. Chitande and/or Stuartgranti). The article on the Peacock corner says it's ok if eeach has a mate, but I was wondering if it would work with just males. If not, what would be some other colorful fish that might work with my existing mix.

I have a 6' 150 G tank with a 2 Placid. phenochilus Tanzania, Red Empress, Cyto. Moori, Fusco, A. jacobfriebergi Otter Point (definately a male), 2 yelllow labs, and a bristlenose pleco. All the fish are still small approximately 2- 3".

It would be great to hear what other people are keeping. Thanks.
 

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I have a male peacock/hap tank. There are basically a few rules:

1. Make sure you have no peacock/hap females, so you have to get them when they are least showing enough color to be sure they are boys.
2. Make sure you have only one male of each species i.e. one Eureka Red, one Red Shoulder, one Taiwan Reef etc.
3. Make sure your males don't look like each other i.e. you can one have one otter point OR one eureka red, but generally not both as they look too alike
4. You can mix in some peaceful mbuna, such as labs or p. acei in groups with gender not really mattering (in my experience.)
5. You have to be willing to remove anyone who is not going with the program! (So far I've only had to do that with one peacock.)
6. You don't want to add anything that is significantly larger or smaller than the current tank inhabitants.

My mix:

Eureka Red
Sunshine (Baenschi)
Ruby Red
Ngara flametail
Yellow jake
Red Empress
Otopharynx lithobates
Copadichromis mloto
P. acei
Labs

Good luck and have fun. I'm envious of your big tank!
 

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hollyfish2000 said:
I have a male peacock/hap tank. There are basically a few rules:

3. Make sure your males don't look like each other i.e. you can one have one otter point OR one eureka red, but generally not both as they look too alike
Funny you should mention that. My Eureka (btw, not even close to being the alpha male) took out a beautiful Otter Point over night in my tank. I thought it was just "chase the new guy around" thing, but boy was I wrong... :( That was the first time that EVER happened in my tank.

Be very cautious of that rule. :thumb:

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