Haps? Peacocks? Labs?

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Friends.NotFood.

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can anyone please send me a list of fish that would go well in my tank as far as aggression goes. I have an orange blotch which I believe is a peacock, a demasoni dwarf Mbuna, a powder blue Mbuna I believe, an auratus Mbuna, and a bumblebee Mbuna. Also a venustus but I’m returning him because he gets picked on. I just learned it’s because he’s a hap and they usually get bullied by Mbuna. Please enlighten me on the hap/Mbuna/peacock/lab situation.
 

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Could you tell us your aquarium size.
 

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Ideally you would keep Mbuna on their own as they’re much more aggressive than Peacocks & Haps. Don’t be fooled by Demasoni being a dwarf Mbuna, they’re also one of the most aggressive & shouldn’t be kept in groups of less than 8. You’re right to return the Venustus as they get very large, if I were you I’d also return the OB Peakcock & keep it a Mbuna only tank. Some people do mix but they tend to have very large tanks & are experienced.
Ideally you would keep 1 male to a minimum of 3 females. I preferred 5, to spread out the harassment a little. Or have a male only tank, one of each but nont too similar looking.
Mbuna are probably the only fish where the more you have, the better (as long as your filtration & O2 are up to it). It reduces aggression. You’ll need to provide plenty of rocks & caves (Mbuna means rock fish) & a sand substrate. Don’t bother with plants, they’ll be destroyed but encourage algae growth on your rocks as it’s a main food source for Mbuna. Labs btw are also Mbunas, one of the more peaceful sub species. I can’t give you further advice until we know the size of your tank, filtration etc. Also your expectations?
 
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