i ended up buying around 6 recently from a petco. ended up with two at one end of the tank and 3 at the other. give em plenty of rock and choice. if one gets picked on more then others ur best bet imo is removing it. as with all cichlids however its best to start with more then u actually need. i suggest trying to find a local forum/CL add to maybe find some from another hobbyist. cheap way to hopefully find some females (in community setting they dont typically allow many males to linger) just my two cents GL to ya.