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06-02-2014, 08:13 PM #1
Peacock Cichlids not coloring up...need help-advise
Its been more than 2 years since I logged in. I miss everyone and good to be back.
Anyway, I am having problems with my peacock cichlids. Listed below are the fishes that I have with them and equipment i have setup in my tank:
55 gal tank
(2) 30-60 gals capacity hang type power filters by Aquatech (bought of Walmart)
Coral gravel (white)
Air Bubble Wand mounted at back of tank
Artificial rock cave bought from Petsmart
About 6 to 8 rock slates taken from one of the lakes in Stanislaus County California
3 male Peacock (blue/yellow, blue/red and red) -(2) full grown (1) medium
2 medium size female Acei
12 (1 inch) acei
30 electric yellow (from 1" to 3")
25 (1 inch) peacock
2 Dickfield cichlids about 2" long
4 Bricardi Cichlids 2.5"
2 salt and pepper catfish
1 albino algae eater about 5" long
Water ph 8.2 (as I use API buffer for Malawi Cichlids)
I do every other day water changes (20%) and weekly water change (50%) and I clean the tank every month.
Water temperature is about 82-85 degrees.
I am planning to trade-in most of my electric yellows and acei next week as the tank is getting crowded. But before my tank got overstocked, I have the same tank setup (water temp, rocks, and substrates the same). Are there any other items I need to do to get my peacocks to color up? BTW, I feed them frozen krill, brine shrimps, blood worms, pellets. Alternating with any of the mentioned so as not to get them bored.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
06-02-2014, 08:19 PM #2
To add to my post, I have had my peacocks for almost 5 months now. I separated the 2 females in a smaller tank by themselves. When I got my peacocks, they were colorful but once they were introduced to my tank, their color just faded off but not to the extend. Please see attached photos of my 2 males.
06-03-2014, 05:13 PM #3
06-03-2014, 07:22 PM #4
06-03-2014, 07:30 PM #5
Good luck on the long term of the tank. Do you have a front tank shot? Also pretty german red. At least I think that is what the left one is right?
06-03-2014, 07:54 PM #6
Yes, its the german red. The smaller one that I have (not in the picture) is all red.
So far since their inception to the tank, the corys are not being bothered by any of the peacocks at all.
I think you may be right about the stress factor.
06-03-2014, 08:01 PM #7
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06-04-2014, 04:37 PM #10
Oh I wanted to mention... being that you have a few male peacocks... you really may want to make that 55gal a strict peacock tank... Your mbuna may beat up on them. I know my red zebra likes to be tank boss over my peacocks. Maybe look into trading for some sub adult Sunshine Mbenga's, firefish, etc and get a nice mixed peacock tank going.