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Looking to start a Mbuna cichlid tank with a standard 55 gallon (48x13x21). I'm cycling tank with a Pleco and Catfish with a bottle of Fritz 7 bacteria.
Once cycled, I'm seeking a yellow/blue color tank (brightly colored fish with minimal risk of over aggression). Did a fair amount of online research and watched countless Youtube videos. I initially looked at getting yellow labs, blue mainginos, red zebras and orange blotched zebras.
But now I'm steering more towards a safe route of around 15 juvenile Saulosi , a few Rusty and 4 Cynotilapia Zebriods. What do you all think???
Below are my tank stats. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

Super Red Bristlenose Pleco
Synodontis Eupterus Catfish

Tank Bio/Decor:
Two HOB Top Fin 75 power filters
Sponge & filter floss media
Two Powerheads (wavemakers)
Caribsea Cichlid Sand
Universal Rocks Holey Rock 34"x5"×19" piece
4-16" artifical plants

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I would remove the pleco and the catfish and cycle with ammonia. Allow an average of six weeks. When you cycle with 2 fish, the tank is only safe for 2 fish. When you cycle with ammonia, the tank is safe for all 15 fish to be added at once, and no fish have to suffer in the process.

In a 55G I like a max of 3 species with 1m:4f of each and choose fish that look nothing alike (one blue barred species) and small, peaceful mbuna.

You could also do just the saulosi with 3m:9f. These are guidelines to give you something to shoot for. If you end up with a couple extra saulosi females and the tank seems to be working, no problem.
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