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So I’m setting up this old 10g (footprint 25cm x 40cm/10x15.5 inches) what is the best way to clean it? It’s only been sat out in our shed so nothing too bad… also any suggestions on stocking? Could it house a single dwarf cichlid? A ram for example?
 

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I should say that the preference would be something colourful as at least in name this will be my daughters tank😁 thanks
If is has no stuck-on residue or buildup, then I would simply clean it with a 1/10 (bleach to water) solution. Let dry completely then it is ready to setup. Make sure and cycle the tank before stocking.

Regarding which fish to stock, single dwarf cichlid like a ram would be fine. You could also have a school of small dithers like neon tetras.
 

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Ram's aren't known for being the most robust fish.
So unless you have soft low pH tap water, a Ram wouldn't be tops on my list.
And if you wanted something with color, maybe some of the hardy killifish might be a better option, especially in that size tank, where a pair would be possible.
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HEAVILY plant that thing!
Stock with,
  • Guppies!
  • 1 Ancistrus type catfish (Facilities Crew for Algae Cleanup)
And then, before the guppies in there threaten to overwhelm you with all of that legendary live bearer FECUNDITY? Stock with a single Amatitlania nanolutea, Yellow Dwarf Cichlid. That one could play the role of the grumpy Bridge Troll or something, in this little aquarium.... :rolleyes:
 

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Wow they are beautiful! Turns out the tank is not as I thought 10g but 7g, it still has the same footprint but is shorter than I thought, guessing that throws all that advice out the window?
 

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Getting kind of small. So, use this 7 gallon aquarium as a quarantine tank! Get a bigger (but still small) tank, and set it up for the daughter (her room?).
 
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