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Three months ago I decided to establish an all male peacock tank. I currently have a 180 gal. tank powered by a GenX 100 pump with a six foot spray bar and a wet/dry filter system.
All of the 35 peacocks are hybrids and the colors are spectacular. None are similar, as a result, they are compatible and, to date, they are flourishing.
 

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how big are they? Its probably going to work although not everyone likes hybrid peacocks. A lot of shops have nice displays though of largely hybrid aolounocara.
 

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What made you go with hybrid peacock's instead of the pure peacocks that are already available

There are some peacocks that are hybrids but were created proffessionally many many years ago for hobby purposes. Do mean these types of hybrids or the type were many different species of peacocks were trown in a tank and left to breed in chaos and then Joe Blow decided to put them on the market?
 

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I'm glad I saw this post because it brings up a question I had. I have just taken the plunge into African cichlids (had various other tanks before, CA mostly), and I want to get a bunch of Peacocks. I go to my lfs and all I see are "Assorted African cichlids" for $10. I figure most of them are hybrids, or at least of unknown origin. I still don't know enough about the many varieties to tell the difference between hybrid and pure bred, male and female for that matter.

I have tried going through some of the profile pages on this site, I'm still a little lost.

Can anyone offer suggestions on identifying hybrid v pure bred?

Thanks in advance

rich
 

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It is really hard to tell the difference unfortunately. The best thing to do is look through profile section (i know your still trying to get your head around it) and see which ones appeal to you and hunt for these fish, even buy them online or find a trust worthy LFS and if you don't want hybrids it's best to stay away from them assorted mixed tanks.

Get things started buy a few that you like, I started with the Red peacock (Rubisens).

Males are the colourful ones and the females are a dull silver with a few black bars. Unless you have a species only tank it's not recommended having females because cross breeding is to risky and the females are usually harrassed to death, which is why most people have male only tanks.

It is also a good idea to get peacocks that don't look very similar to each other that way that won't see each other as compitition

Look under Aulonocara in the profiles section there is even an article called peacock corner which is good reading to :thumb:
 

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I would buy from a local breeder or reputable LFS and insist on fish with full scientific name and collection point on the tank. Avoid those assorted cichlid tanks!
 

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If you read this post right now..........scroll up to the very top of the page, there will be a cichlid supplier home page, click on it and it will open up the gate way to online purchasing.

You guys in the US are spoilt :lol:
 

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All of my male hybrid peacocks are 2+ inches. I went with hybrids because of the wider variety of color including many mulitcolor. They are showing extremly well and are healthy and hardy.
 

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if you are going with all male then theres now worry about selling offspring. so if you really like the fish in the "assorted tank" then go for it. hybrids should not be shunned. but they should not be sold out like they are either. but usually they are cheaper and make someone happy. so ONLY if you are going with all males would i say to buy them. for breeding groups NOT a good idea.
 

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I hate to be redundant, but we really do need to see some pictures of this. :drooling: :D
 

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Please note that "Assorted cichlids" is different than "Assorted peacocks." Most of the time, it's mbuna in those assorted tanks and you don't want to guess what they are when adding to a peacock tank.

BTW, you could try adding 3-5 labs and/or p.acei to your peacocks for variety.
 
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