Cichlids - Single Male With Females?

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  1. Gar2188

    Gar2188Valued MemberMember

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    Hey all, just wondering has anyone on here kept a single male with some females? If so, any tips/advice or anything?
     
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    I think @david1978 has a tank like this, I could be wrong.
     
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    Of what species?

    Oh yeah his profile says he does. OP you should ask him how he does it.
     
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    3 males with 16 females to be exact. Lol. In a properly size tank it is possible. I have mine in a 75 gallon tank but I feel a single male would work in something like a 40 gallon breeder or a 3 foot long tank. Heavily planted or with lots of ornaments to break up lines of sight so if there is a chase it will be only short. I started with babies and young adults and that's what I add. So far I have had no issues but like anything that could change. They don't seem to mind the depth but I have lots of places for them to rest. Believe it or not they are actually quite active fish compared to when they are in a cup .
     
  5. Demeter

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    Still don't know what species you are talking about. This post is filed under "African Cichlids" so I'm assuming you are talking about mouth brooding species?

    The answer is yes, generally you'd only want one male of each species in the same tank, unless the tank is quite large in which case I'd go with 4+ females to each male.
     
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    LOL I don’t know why I thought about bettas.
     
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    Ha I didn't notice what section it was under. Lol. I have bettas not chichlids.
     
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    Gar2188Valued MemberMember

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    Lol it's okay. Still pretty cool though even with bettas

    I was thinking of peacock cichlids. I'm very new to learning about cichlids.
     
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  9. Demeter

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    Yes, it will work with peacock cichlids. Just be aware that you might not want to mix breeding groups of pure strain peacocks, the females with breed with whatever male they want even if it isn’t their own species.
     
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    Gar2188Valued MemberMember

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    Thanks for the help. What would be a good tank size for a group?
     
  11. Demeter

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    I’d go no less than a 55gal, 4ft tank. For a single species breeding group you could have 1 male and then 6+ females.

    Hypothetically you could do 2 males with 4 females each but in a relatively small tank I’d worry about one male getting bullied too much.
     
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