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So are you thinking all male to get the color? Have you read the all-male tank article in the Library?

I found about a dozen (plus or minus) cichlids in the 48" x 18" tanks work well. But I would combine small haps (mature at 6" or under) with the peacocks as well for more variety and color.

Also take a look at all-male stocking by experienced members like Joea, Fogelhund and GoofBoy to get ideas. Use the Your Tanks by Member feature.
 

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Well peacocks crossbreed. So you are looking at one male and four or more females. And only one peacock species in the tank.

I'd definitely look into having the second species be a hap. Hap females also are not colorful (silver) for most species.

And maybe labs and acei for species 3 and 4?

With mixed genders you can do more like 20-25 fish. One male of each species. Four or more females for each.
 
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