Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Hudson, Quebec, Canada
I have had cichlids tanks for 15 years and have not ONCE had a fish break the heater in the tank.
Lake Malawi contains very little plants and as such to allow the cichlids a natural environment, rocks, rocks and more rocks is the main tank decor. You need more hiding places in that tank, rocks and lots of them. Having only a few places for fish to chill will allow the dominant fish to chase anything from those places. He/she will claim them for themselves.
Demansoni are extremely aggressive and would not be a good idea with the yellow labs or peacocks.
Lake Malawi Mbuna (yellow labs, demansoni) cannot be mixed with the peacocks. Peacocks are calm and mbuna are not. Only male peacocks will develop color so bare this in mind, females will stay a boring brown color. Ideally you want a group of 1 male to several females. As I mentioned in my post above, this is to spread aggression from the male, likewise males will fight with other males so this also needs to be taken into consideration.
If you are looking at a cheap hood, although cichlids are not really jumpers, then look at light diffuser panel (egg crate). You can a sheet from almost any hardware store and will set you back about $10 but will give enough to cover the tank.
10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)
75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.
220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)