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Hi, I am interested in setting up a peacock cichlid tank, but am unsure how many/what type to go with.
The tank is 240lites and has dimensions of length: 122cm width:41cm height:56cm, what do you recommend?
 

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So it's a 55 gallon 48".
It has a small footprint so I would only do a breeding group of Peacock in that tank. 1M : 4-5F

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Hi, I am interested in setting up a peacock cichlid tank, but am unsure how many/what type to go with.
The tank is 240lites and has dimensions of length: 122cm width:41cm height:56cm, is it possible to go with all males and have a colorful tank?
 

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Hi, I am new to keeping fish and was wondering how many peacocks you could keep in a 63gallon us tank 122cmx41cmx56cm (fluval Roma 240) , I am after a colorful tank with all male is this possible in this size tank and if so how many and what species would you recommend? If this tank is too small for peacock male what size would you recommend?

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It's just barely big enough. Just avoid any of the larger more aggressive jacobfreibergi peacocks. Try for 8-10 fish, you may have to get a few smaller haps since you dont want any peacocks that look similar. Yellow labs are also an option with peacocks in a tank like yours.
 

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Welcome to Cichlid-forum!

All male is challenging. Read the all-male article in the Cichlid-forum Library to understand what you might encounter.

In a smaller tank like yours, what about a single species tank with 3m:12f Chindongo saulosi? These are mbuna and males have blue bars, females are solid yellow orange. Lots of color.
 

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In a small tank like that I'd grow out 18-20 demasoni (dwarf mbuna) and rehome extra males as they mature.
 

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Hey SmellsFishy,

You talk about wanting plenty of colour, I think lake Malawi Mbuna's would be just the ticket for your tank.
I wouldn't go for an all species tank, you'll soon get board and want to add more colour, especially if this is your first set up.
Also as much as I think demasoni are stunning I'd avoid for your first fish, you'll have constant problems.

I assume most folk will suggest 3 species consisting of 1M 4F (15 fish total) and this would work just fine.

However I'd break those rules in your four foot tank and go for 1M and 3F and do 4 of the more peaceful species
(16 fish total)

Think in terms of colour. Yellow, dark blue, light blue and 1 striped species. If you can obtain those colours from your local breeder/shop you'll be cooking on gas.
 

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For another view, I have never had long term success with quads (1m:3f) unless you are talking about yellow labs.

Demasoni are pretty but they are a lot of work and drama so you would have to be extremely stubborn and dedicated.
 

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I have purchased the fluval Roma 240 tank, which came with a fluval 306, I was bought an upgrade by my uncle to a biomaster350 today. I have decided that the tank is unfortunately too small to home peacocks, so have decided to go with mbuna instead. How many mbuna would you keep in this size tank, and how many/what species?

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What are the dimensions of the new tank?
 

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Sorry I thought you ending up buying a different tank.

A mbuna tank with good odds of success would be 3 species max and 1m:4f of each shooting for 15 peaceful adults that mature <= six inches.

You can't beat yellow labs for color. Iodotropheus are good beginner fish. You could do socolofi or Metriaclima callainos for blue.
 

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SmellsFishy2me said:
I like the the combination of salousi and yellow tail acei, is it possible to do these two with something like rustys?
Acei get too big for a tank your size. You don't need to have three species. Go with Saulosi and rusties and you will have a great set up without any carnage.

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Ok,what 3rd species do you recommend to go with Rusty's and salousi, and what ratio would you go as some people have kept multiple salousi males in the same tank online, or is this a bad decision? Thanks
 

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You seem to be all over the place. Best is to pick your favourite species that you have confirmed can fit in your tank size. Once you determine your "must have" species, then you can work around that. So you should really determine which is a must have for you.

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If you are doing a species tank with a fish like saulosi because you want multiple males, think in terms of 3m:12f.

When you do multiple males you need even more females so you end up having less species. Stated another way, if you are getting 5 saulosi, you would not expect things to go well with 2m:3f or 3m:2f.

If you want three species you would aim for one male of each species.
 
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