Originally Posted by Jmedic25
The johannii will rule the roost most likely. If your ruby red is an Aulonocara, its a peacock and may have problems. As for the labs I would keep no less then 4 1 male and 3 female. Same with the Acei. I wouldnt add anymore species of Mbuna in that small of a tank. So you can add some labs and Acei and maybe remove the peacock. If the Jo is allowed to be the boss and dosent have a spawining partner you should be ok. Also thoes labs will make fry pretty quick so get ready. Same for the Acei
What is the concern with the Ruby Red Peacocks? I did quite a bit of research on them and their compatibility and this is the first time I heave heard that there would be a problem with them. Although I don't plan on adding any more if them. As of now they are even more meek than the Labs are. As a matter of fact the Albino Rainbow shark, which is a puny 2.5" and generally mild adolescent, tends to bump at the Ruby Reds occasionally. I'm just glad the shark is showing some backbone in a tank full of tough and ornery tank mates. That shark was at death's door with a bad bout of ick that swept the tank a while back. I'm really surprised that it came back and is healthy again.
Agreed on your 1:3 M:F ratio for the Labs and Acei. I appreciate the reaffirmation. I do plan to (re)populate them but I have difficulty in sexing them as adolescents so it may be a bit of a guess work and luck. I hope they do spawn. Yellow Labs are my favorite and seem to be the easiest to keep.
Also agreed on the Johannii. He/She is on probation and under sharp supervision. He/She is about 3" now, and only gets a little nippy right after feeding time, but not so much that there are fins damaged, etc. As the others get bigger and the Johanni stays smaller the others are becoming less and less afraid of it and are starting to just ignore the minor harassment. I do appreciate finally hearing anything other than "get the Johannii out of there ASAP." If I'm lucky he/she is a she. I'm not getting another one.
I have heard others also advise not to add any more species, so I may just settle with that I have. It's really annoying how diverse the opinions of different people who all proclaim themselves to be experts are. The 4 LFS
(es) in my area would all say that adding several move species to a 55 would be ok. It almost seems like I have to get 10 different opinions and then decide on the popular opinion. It's tough for a noob, let me tell you.
Anyway, thanks again. Your advice seems pretty much right-on with the popular opinions.