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So I currently have about 293 different tanks and I'm worried about my wife smothering me in my sleep.
Looking to consolidate down to a primary show tank (125gal) and just keep 2 other tanks for med/breeding etc...

My favorite fish that I'd like to include are as follows:
2x Pseudotropheus Socolofi (Albino) Snow White (2x male)
1x Pseudotropheus socolofi (Camoflauge) (1x male)
1x Melanocrhromis Auratus (Black/Blue stripe)(1x male)
3x Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellows) (3x male)
1x Red Zebra Pseudotropheus (Orange) (1x female)
1x Sciaenochromis fryeri (Electric Blue Hap) (1x male)
1x Hemichromis bimaculatus - (Jewel) (Not sure on sex or how to determine)
1x L128 Blue Phantom Pleco
5x Aulonocara - Sunburst Peacock (5x male)
2x Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi - Lemon Jake, Mamela (2x male)
3x Aulonocara - Orange/Red Blotched (3x male)

1) Is the Auratus gonna be too much of an ass in this size tank with this number of fish and only the 1x Female?
2) Can I put just 1x Female in there or will she just get abused non stop?
3) Is there any risk in the relationship of a blue phantom (4-5") either for or against the cichlids?
4) I also have a Gold Severum that has been housed with African's before so I'm debating it on a trial basis, any immediate red flags other than the fact that it's South American and not commonly mixed?

Tons of rocks/caves/hiding/filtration/current going through the tank, 2x F4's cycle it non stop. Planning on water changes usually 2x/week or as necessary once the tank is populated. Planning to do lights for no more than 2-3 hours a day to keep stress down.

Any other genera tips/advice/suggestions are greatly appreciated!


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Lets start with this. I like 5 species and 1m:4f of each for a 125G.

For all male I like 18 individuals and choose between mbuna and haps and peacocks, but mixing may not work well. Read the all-male article in the Cichlid-forum Library.

An exception to the "no mbuna in hap/peacock tank" is yellow labs. I would not mix socolofi or auratus with haps and peacocks.

I would expect a single female to be killed. I would not risk a blue phantom pleco with African Rift Lake fish...the bristlenose plecos have enough problems.
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