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Old 06-22-2004, 08:49 PM   #1
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New peacocks

Well I finally stocked my 44 ARLC and got 3 peacocks, and three Labidochromis caeruleus (I know, Menagerie - you don't recommend mbuna with haplochromines, but I have talked to several who have done this successfully - could not resist!)

Anyway, I am thrilled with the peacocks but want to be sure about their ID. I have no luck getting anything but a blur when I try to take a pic of the fish, but they are easy to describe:

A) Completely blue but with an orange/red stripe across the very top of the dorsal. No red in tail or anal.

B) This one at first appeared to be ngara flametail, which is what I wanted, but now it is starting to develop some very non-uniform blotchiness and I am disappointed that it might be a hybrid, like there is some OB in the mix.

C) Almost solid black with red tipped anal, caudal and dorsal (Blue Orchid?)

The peacocks are almost 3" and the labs are slightly smaller, but everyone gets along great. Am trying out New Life Spectrum food now for them and for the community fish - this stuff is getting really great reviews.
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Old 06-23-2004, 12:38 AM   #2
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Great fish!! I am not into peacocks due to my aggressive Mbuna. Labs are pretty tame and they should get along *crosses fingers* Plus, you are an experienced fish keeper and know the signs of trouble. I can't wait to see pics!
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Old 06-23-2004, 09:31 AM   #3
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Thanks - I was worried you would fuss at me...
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Old 06-23-2004, 03:06 PM   #4
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FUSS?!?! Me?
No, I am making my own usual choices these days. Someone should take away my keys and my wallet!

Some Mbuna can hang with peacocks, you just have to know which ones
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I'm kidding - I would probably have given the same advice to others, and for good reason. Mbuna are not to be trifled with - that is for certain. I know a guy who is keeping yellow labs in a community tank, yep, a regular, community tank with loaches and angels and tetras and such, and they are spawning, and I think yellow labs in particular have been tank bred for so long that you can get away with this in a big enough tank. I think my biggest problem in this tank is going to be the adult size of the fish. 44gals is probably not going to cut it in the long run, but I am obsessed with these fish now and will definitely be looking at a 90 before too long, now that I have the room. Talk about needing someone to take away their wallet!! 8O
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Here is a pic- can't see the fish, my efforts to capture them have so far failed.
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Nice tank with lots of hiding spots.
BTW--what kind of camera are you using?
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This is a Fuji Finepix 2650 - el cheapo 2 megapixel model that I borrowed from my mother. I am actually having better luck getting at least a decent shot out of it than I did with my husband's Canon 3 megapixel. Closeups of the fish are so far not happenin'.
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It's funny. I've got a very similar setup in the tank I've set up for my professor. The fish are Labidochromis trewavasse, Aulonocara maulana "bicolor 500" and Aulonocara (nyassae?) "Neon Flavescent". From everything I've heard and read, Labidochromis are the black sheep of Mbunas. They are insectivores, and not "aufwuchs" eaters, so can deal with a much meatier diet than other genera of Mbuna.

So far, they're all under 1.5", but the Labidochromis are really starting to show some color already. Fins are yellow, body is acquiring a purplish tone. No irridescence yet on any of the species, though, unfortunately. It'll come eventually.

TG, I share your enthusiasm on these guys. African Cichlids are so interesting to watch and study! I'm def. going to set up an shelly tank soon! To do it, though, I've decided that I must break down one other of my tanks... That's half-way done right now.
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I almost got the bicolor 500 from Cichlidtrios but my favorite LFS got some really nice ones in, and they let me in the back to have my pick of the litter, so to speak.

I really love the yellow labs and since they are, as you say, madasafish, not a very mbuna-ish mbuna ( ) I thought they could handle life with peacocks (or, vise versa). So far everyone is doing extremely well, and as they have been on New Life Spectrum cichlid diet they are really coloring up nicely. I still feed Omega One but I wanted to check out the Spectrum that I had heard so much about - so far so good. I just adore these peacocks. I have also since opened up some of the rocks that are stacked (glued sections are pretty open) to give them a bit more room as they grow. I am keeping a close eye on them - the tank is in my office - but so far so good.
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