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  1. #1

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    We are looking for a new fish or two that is highly colorful.

    We have an 110 gallon tank with a bunch of caves. We already have a dragon blood peacock, 3 yellow labs, 1 red top zebra, 3 blue dolphin cichlids, a young red empress, a Raphael cat, and a bristlenose pleco.

    We expect the red empress to not survive. Our much bigger one could not handle the stress from the peacock. Also, no other peacock has ever survived in the tank even when it has been bought with a few other fish. Our newest fish, the red top zebra, has flourished like crazy and was actually bought alone.

    So, we are basically looking for something that can stand up for itself against this dragon blood peacock while not trying to kill the others. Most have grown up together at a young age. They are not mature as of yet, but I know adding new ones will be challenging. We would be adding juveniles. Our zebra was a small juvenile purchased about 3 months ago and is now huge considering it's original size.

    Seems the colorful fish I prefer like the peacocks and the red empresses just cannot handle the aggression. The dragon blood peacock is definitely king and the largest.

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    For the best shot at success when keeping lake malawi cichlids, you'll want to stock them in greater numbers with several females per male per species if you're not going for an all male tank.

    (I'd also recommend going with either all mbuna, or all peacocks or all haps rather than maintaining specimens from all three groups in the same tank).

    Currently you have 9 cichlids in a 110gal which is under-stocked. Under-stocking increases aggression in an african cichlid tank.

    The dragon blood peacock (which is a man-made hybrid to my understanding) is more aggressive than the peacock species found in Lake Malawi and is perceiving the red empress as a rival (probably because all of the fish you have it bears the most semblance to it). With only one red empress in the tank, it will become the focus of the peacock's aggression.

    Now, as an example, if you had several more red empresses in the tank (four to six additional ones), the peacock (being the established dominant) may still be as aggressive but the aggression will be spread out among the group rather than focused on a particular individual fish.

    Zebra's are aggressive by mbuna standards so your red-top zebra not having issues co-existing in the tank with the dragon blood is to no surprise (in fact if your zebra is a male it is practically destined to become become the alpha male in the tank if you added no new fish).

    Option A: Trade out the mbuna's (the zebra and yellow labs) and replace them with 10-12 peacocks in addition to adding 3-5 female dragon blood peacocks in the tank.

    Option B: Trade out the red empress and blue dolphins (I am assuming these are the hap Cyrtocara moorii and not mbuna Metriaclima sp 'Blue Dolphin Manda') and replace them with 12-20 mbuna's (four or so per species).
    African cichlid and saltwater aquariums

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    A little update. Now that the larger red empress has died. The younger one has colored in the face. It is also starting to be more aggressive with food. Not too sure if it will really hold it's own. I think he is too small almost for the dragon blood to be concerned about him. All of our fish are males except we have 1 blue dolphin (crytocara) male with 2 females and 1 male yellow lab with 2 females. The one female has already had eggs fertilized, but looks like none survived. The dragon blood still chases all of them some, but he almost seems confused on who to pick on. It's like he lost his target and doesn't have that focus so to speak. Maybe he shouldn't of killed the other one and he would have had someone to relentless chase. :)

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