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Welcome to the Boards urbanboy!

urbanboy said:
what is the difference between hap and peacock fish, like how can i tell them apart?
sorry im new to the cichlid keeping i would like to know so i can keep the correct type in my tank.
If you think of Peacocks as small to medium sized haps you will save yourself a lot of heartache worrying about it - that is how important the distinction is as far as what you can keep together.

Haps is the generic term used for the cichlids in the lake that are not mbuna or now Aulonocara.

Once upon a time all the fish that weren't mbuna were considered from the genus Haplochromine (including Peacocks!) as a scientific placeholder, the Hap term is still used to refer to them even though they have been scientifically reclassified. My understanding is there are now no 'true' Haplochromis species in Lake Malawi at all according to the scientists :roll:.

As DJRansome said - peacocks are the fish from the genus Aulonocara.

Look at the cookie cutters here and the profiles here & here.

Do you want to have fish breed or just as pretty a tank as you can get?

If you post your tank size length x width x height and the fish you really like the looks of, we can help you with stocking suggestions based on far more collective experience than you will find in pretty much any Local Fish Shop.

Good Luck.
 

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urbanboy said:
my tank is a 90 gallon. 48x18x24.
Do you want to have fish breed or just as pretty a tank as you can get?

The 75 gallon cookie cutter here will get you breeding setup examples and All-Male setups are discussed here.

I switched my 90 gallon tank over to an All Male Hap/Peacock setup 4 months ago. If you click on the tanks button below you can see the stock list. I also posted a thread here with a few update pictures I just took of the inhabitants.

Good Luck.
 
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