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Discussion in 'African / Old World Cichlids' started by malfunction, Apr 14, 2018.

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    So, a while ago I shut down my main tank as work commitments meant I only had time to look after one tank. Now things have calmed down, I’m thinking of restarting it. I’m thinking of an all-male hap & peacock tank as I’ve never had that set up before and I want to try something new and colourful. Does anyone have any good stocking suggestions for a colourful set up?

    Thanks

     
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    is your tank 8ft x 2ft x 2ft?
    nice sized tank fi it is :)

    Besides having Sciaenochromis ahli and various Aulonocara species, have you thought about Ophthalmotilapia furcifer or ventralis? The males make incredible display fish and your tank would be big enough for them. You could also add a group of Cyprichormis or Paracyprichromis to the tank. Cyrtocara moorii and Labidochromis caeruleus would work too. And if you wanted catfish then Synodontis multipunctatus.
     
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    Yep, it’s a beast!


    Thanks - those are some interesting options. C moorii and S ahli look cool, so I’m thinking of including them with an assortment of auloncara and possibly Ciprichromis. I’ll have to read up in them though as I know nothing about Ciprichromis!
     
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    Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis are small schooling fishes that grow to about 4 inches long, and live in groups of thousands in Lake Tanganyika. Big predatory fishes like Cyphotilapia frontosa prey on them.

    Male Paracyprichomis nigripinnis and Cyprichromis leptosoma are more colourful than females that are normally bland silver or grey. They are mouth brooders and the females carry a small group of eggs until they hatch. The parents do not eat their young but other fish do. If you keep these fish get 10 or more if you can so they can hang out in a group. You can have 3 or 4 males and a group of females and they look quite nice :)
     
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    Ok, thanks for the info. I’ll add them to my shortlist as I’m still thinking about what else I’d like to add to the tank
     
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    Nimbochromis venustus or livingstonii
    Copadichromis borleyi but they are similar to Aulonocaras
     
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    These are some useful suggestions. So far, my shortlist is looking like this:

    Nimbochromis venustus

    Nimbochromis livingstoni

    Cyrtocara moorii

    Dragonsblood peacock

    German red peacock

    Aulonocara mamelela

    Protomelas taeniolatus

    Otopharynx lithobates

    Copadichromis borleyi

    Aulonocara jacobfreibergi

    Apache peacock

    Aulonocara walteri

    Cyprichromis leptosoma

    Paracyprichomis nigripinnis


    With the exception of Cyprichromis & Paracyprichomis, I was thinking of having 1 of each type - or maybe a small group if some of the others aren’t too aggressive towards their own species. Although I’m a little concerned that Cyprichromis & Paracyprichomis will get eaten by some of the larger ones.
     
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    Only keep 1 species of N. venustus or livingstonii, don't have both species in the same tank.
    These 2 species are about the only ones who would eat the Cyprichromis and Paracyprichromis, so if you want either of these 2 smaller species, then do not get the venustus or livingstonii.

    Also only keep 1 species of Cyprichroms/ Paracyprichromis per tank. The females resemble each other and they can hybridise.

    All the peacock (Aulonocara sp) will hybridise so you are best with males only. Plus there will be less agro with males only. If there are no girls around the boys won't fight over them, and will be less argumentative over territories.

    If you get small fish (1-2 inch) and grow them up with the Cyprichromis/ Paracyprichromis, they should all get along well together. If you have big adult fish and add a group of small Cyprichromis to the tank, they might get eaten.
     

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