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Old 06-27-2015, 03:05 PM   #1
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Stocking 55 gal w/ Peacocks & Haps

Hi everyone.. Was hoping to get stocking advice for a regular 55 gal. I have done mbuna before with success and now want to try a peacock and haps tank. I also want to do a trio of yellow labs because I heard they're compatible. ??

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1.) How many fish could I reasonably do? I was thinking 16 - 19. (If they grow out, I'll just sell them and get smaller.)

2.) Could I get the best species list for really bright reds and blues or combos of both. I also like the blotched looking species. I guess the jacobfrei's are out because they're too aggressive?

3.) I don't plan on doing a male only.. Is that okay?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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A lot to cover there. First I think 16-19 is a little much, I would shoot for a 14-15 max fish stocking.

I do keep yellow labs with my peacocks, so far no problems.


Blue regal peacocks have nice blues.
German red peacocks have nice reds.
I like the lemon Jakes a lot too.
OB peacocks are the blotched ones.

55 is almost too small for most haps, some will say it is too small. I think a few exceptions exist.
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:14 PM   #3
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Agreed, I'd shoot for somewhere between 12-14.
Sunshines are a good yellow, peaceful peacock, and the others that he mentioned are good. Again, I probably agree that there are a few exceptions, but not many to having haps in a 55. Also, as far as not doing an all male, I would say that you could do it, but you'd need to have more females than males in the tank, meaning you'll have a lot of brown and gray in the tank.
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Really appreciate the advice guys. Yes I'll come down on the quantity to probably 13 - 14 and nix the ideas of haps. Probably just saved me a bunch of headaches. Thx again!
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Cool deal, I love to see people not absolutely shun advice. With that attitude you are on your way to a nice happy healthy tank. When you get it going be sure to post a thread here on them. There isn't a lot of peacock representation here.
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No, I won't shun any advice especially from veterans who have been around the hobby for awhile. Grateful to have you guys. I didn't have to visit a LFS and deal with some kid condescending to me , etc. I will definitely get some picks once everything is rolling with some those recommended peacocks. (I'm having a hard time finding German Red's online). Must be a hot fish.
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Yeah for sure, thats quite nice seeing someone very cooperative lol! Yeah german reds can be rare to find, especially some high quality ones, I've been looking for a nice specimen for my tank too for awhile! Yeah definitely post a thread when you get it started, I'm looking forward to seeing the tank all stocked!
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I'd say nix the "not all male" idea unless you want to go with a colony of a single species. Peacock females all look very similar and you'd be asking for some hybridizing. Just my opinion


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Ok thx, I had thought a few females helps to lessen the aggression but I'm learning it can make it a lot worse. I might try and breed down the road but not now. Thanks for the input.
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No, I won't shun any advice especially from veterans who have been around the hobby for awhile. Grateful to have you guys. I didn't have to visit a LFS and deal with some kid condescending to me , etc. I will definitely get some picks once everything is rolling with some those recommended peacocks. (I'm having a hard time finding German Red's online). Must be a hot fish.
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