How to Promote Peacock Cichlid Breeding

Samt123

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Sand Substrate with large rocks covering 60% of the tank floor (I move rocks around every water change)
1 male sunshine peacock (4 inches)
3 female aulonocara (3 inches, 3.5 inches, 4 inches)
Bi-Weekly water change at around 30-40% (Wednesdays and Sundays, I do colder water changes to stimulate rain)
Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 (Nitrates vary but It doesn't ever go above 20 ppm)
I don't check PH I'm sorry
Fed 3x a day (8 am, 4 pm, and 11 pm) (Hikari floating pellets, brine shrimp, blood worms, cucumbers, flakes)
I have 3 filters, one sponge, and two HOB, combined rating of around 150 gallons
I don't keep the lights on very much as my room is moderately well lit with natural light, maybe 3 hours a day from 7-10
No notable aggression

Hey everyone,

I had made a post similar a little over a month ago when I had first gotten this breeding colony. The male cichlid continuously tries to breed with the females on an almost daily basis but I have had almost no luck with any of the females breeding with the male. I have done hours of research in an attempt to promote breeding and keep a healthy tank environment for the cichlids. Is there anything I am obviously doing wrong or anything I can do to better promote breeding within this colony? Within the first few days of having the cichlids, I had one female holding something in her mouth for about a day before whatever it was disappearing. Here's the usual breakdown of what happens within my tank. I do a water change and move rocks around, an hour later my male starts digging up sand and coralling the females and trying to breed, he does this for about 1 day or 2, gets bored because none of the females want to breed with him, stops trying to breed. This cycle has been going on for about a month now and I am starting to think about things I can do better to further entice the females to start breeding. I do introduce cold water to the tank when doing water changes and have the Hob's create a lot of surface agitation that resembles rain. I do understand that this is a waiting game but maybe there's something I can do to be more proactive. Please let me know if anyone has an experience similar and knows some secret tricks or tips or would like to help out!
 

DJRansome

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Make sure your nitrates are between 10ppm and 20ppm. I have never had luck with peacocks in a 36" tank but I might add females and I would continue to wait. Are you sure they are young enough to spawn?
 
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Samt123

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Quick Update:

I was able to get them to spawn!

Here are a few things that I did that I think got them to mate:

Added 3 more females to the tank.
Bumped up PH levels using Cichlid salt
Did more frequent water changes at a lower amount (10-20% daily)

I am at the moment overrun with cichlid fry (more than 200)
 

ryang85

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One of the best methods I have used to encourage breeding is a large water changed with colder water. I try and drop the tank 3 degrees and usually they breed within an hour of doing so. In my experience it takes a day or two to get them settled into the breeder tank.
 
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