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Old 03-10-2014, 07:50 PM   #1
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Just out of curiosity.

So I'm thinking of a new investment...Now that I am addicted to fish tanks. I have been searching livingstoni cichlids, as well as seen them at the fish store and I really like them. Research says 125 gal requirement. Was wondering if this is just for one, or could I put say 1 male 3 female in there. Also what are some suitable tank mates, usually see them with yellow labs. Thanks.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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I think 125 gallon would be plenty for a male and some females. I also own a livingstonii and I know they prefer more of an open tank with lots of room to swim around. So some good tank mates would be other haps or peacocks which also prefer more open space as opposed to the Mbuna which prefer more rocks and caves in their tank. Just keep in mind that they can reach a size of about 10 inches when full grown, but that would take quite some time.
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So would you say, any Hap or peacock? Or just species that get relatively the same size? How fast would you say it takes to reach the max size? Thanks
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Yes I have livinstoni and venustus with peacocks pretty sure they are both nimbochromis which r large haps I think
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The growth rate depends on several different factors, but in general I'd say it would take at least 2 to 3 years for it to get to that size. I think any hap or peacock would be alright as long as they start off around the same size.
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Agreed on the size thing!
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:16 PM   #7
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Well that's good to know, so I wouldn't necessarily need the large tank right away. Thanks
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Yes I have livinstoni and venustus with peacocks pretty sure they are both nimbochromis which r large haps I think
How can you tell the difference when the are juvenile?
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Between livingstoni and venustus? And is it on to mix the bothe?
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Honestly you really can't most I got as subadults showing some color but my venustus and livinstoni I can't tell yet I bought those on a risk Bc I got a good deal on them
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