Stocking All-male Cichlid Tank

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My all-male peacock/hap tank is a long time off, but of course I'm planning it now! I will be able to get pretty much all my boys at once, all juveniles. Since they're all coming from the same place and into a new tank, I'm not planning to QT. I know you're supposed to add several at once. Could I add all 30 or so at once? How do I prepare my bacteria in advance for that size bioload?
 

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First order of business, need at least a five foot tank. Haps grow pretty big, six to eleven inches. Make sure your tank water is a PH of 7.8 - 8.3. Limestone makes a great hardscape & buffers the water against a PH crash. You need to cycle your tank, either "Fish In or Fishless". Plenty of on line info regarding "Cycling a tank".
It is good to stock several African Cichlids at one time, but not 30 of them, especially in a new setup. Maybe introduce three juveniles once every three or four weeks.
Research the desired fish for size, temperment & compatibility. One more thing, it's usually really difficult, but not impossible, to sex juvenile African Cichlids until they reach about three inches. Study up on gender traits. Good luck.
 
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I'd be cycling with filter media from an established tank, but I'm sure it will need a boost.
The place I'm getting them from guarantees males, so that's nice. I'm planning the whole tank around having a Star Sapphire.
 
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