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They are quite beautiful but also quite aggressive. I would so a species tank and 1m:9f.

Unfortunately females are silver...only the male is colorful.

If you want as much color as possible I would go with mixed gender mbuna and 3m:9f Chindongo saulosi instead. Males are bright blue bars, and females are bright yellow/orange.
 

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In the 40" tank the saulosi would be ideal. There might be a couple of other species that you could do as a single species in the tank instead of the saulosi, but then you would be looking at half the fish and half the colors. Because they are peaceful and small and have 2 brilliant colors, they are uniquely suited to a small tank.

If you want several mbuna species, look into a 48" tank or larger.
 
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