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I'm thinking about adding another batch of haps into my 6ft 180g show tank. Two of the haps I want to include are supposed to be pretty aggressive haps, so I want to get opinions from people that have kept one or both of these. The ones in question are Nimbochromis Venustus-male, and Nimbochromis Livingstoni Kalingo-male. If I can't keep both in there I'm leaning towards just the Venestus since I've always loved them and lost 2 juvie Venustus last year. I'm looking at getting them at around 3 inches and the rest of my haps/peacocks are all 3-4 inches up to 6 inches. Below is a list of whats in there now, and if need be I can remove the mbuna when the predators get bigger.

1 Aulonocara Stuartgranti Blue Neon Hai Reef- male
1 Protomelas Spilonotus Tanzanian-male
1 Pseudotropheus Sp. Msuli (Yellowtail Acei) -unsexed
1 Cynotilapia Afra (Cobue) male
1 Chilotilapia Rhoadesii -male
1 Metriaclima Callainos ( Cobalt Blue )-male
1 Yet to be identified hap/peacock cross male
1 Rubescens-male
1 Copadichromis Boyerli Kandago Red Fin-Male
5 Synodontis Multipunctatis-sex unknown
1 Aulonocara StuartGranti Ngara (Flametail Peacock)wild male
1 Giant Demasoni (Blue Dolphin)
1 Mayalandi Sulpherhead-male
1 Phenochilus Tanzania -male
1 Black Calvus-male
1 Albino Eureka Red-male
 

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They'll be fine, I've done this.. and am doing this. But fish personalities vary! Just because my livingstoni is a pussycat, and my 9" vensustus isn't a problem doesn't mean they won't be for you, but this goes for any fish, Blue Dolphin, Red Empress, any fish can cause a problem.

Just monitor.

I've also kept these fish with 2" calvus, a small demasoni, and 2" yellow labs with no problems. I do have lots of caves. But we have the same tank, similar fish... shoot, I've got a Bucco in the tank!

In other words, those should be fine, just keep an eye on the tank. If trouble arrises, respond...
I've noticed that younger Venustus who are just reaching adult coloration are more agressive than my 9" male. I've seen him go after a 2" demasoni, but he's so slow.. did quickly gave up and settled on NLS food.
 

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They'll be fine, I've done this.. and am doing this. But fish personalities vary! Just because my livingstoni is a pussycat, and my 9" vensustus isn't a problem doesn't mean they won't be for you, but this goes for any fish, Blue Dolphin, Red Empress, any fish can cause a problem.

Just monitor.

I've also kept these fish with 2" calvus, a small demasoni, and 2" yellow labs with no problems. I do have lots of caves. But we have the same tank, similar fish... shoot, I've got a Bucco in the tank!

In other words, those should be fine, just keep an eye on the tank. If trouble arrises, respond...
I've noticed that younger Venustus who are just reaching adult coloration are more agressive than my 9" male. I've seen him go after a 2" demasoni, but he's so slow.. did quickly gave up and settled on NLS food.
Thanks Dude, I saw your tank on one of your threads and it's what I'm going for. I think I'm going to place my order and get both of them and just see how it goes. I totally agree with you that not every fish is the same, and it's usually always worth it to try different stocks out. Heck I was ripped on here for wanting to keep a few Mbuna in there when I was switching over to haps/peacocks, but it has for the most part worked out great. I did have to remove all known female haps/mbuna but that alone made a big difference in the aggression I had at first. Here is what I'm going to get besides the venustus, and Livingstoni.
1-male copadichromis azureus haplochromine chrysontos 2.5in
1-male sciaenochromis fryeri maleri island iceburg 2.5in
1-male otophrynx lithobates z-rock 2.5in
1-male protomelas super red empress 2.5in
 
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