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just brought a new to me tank
48" long 25" high and 18" deep

should i ignore the extra height when calculating how many fish
is footprint more important than volume
 

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Yes to your question. How will you cycle the tank?

Hopefully you are considering mixed gender mbuna. Think in terms of 4 species with 1m:4f of each...depending on which species you choose.

Good beginner species are Labidochromis caeruleus, Pseudotropheus acei, Iodotropheus sprengerae.
 

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i have a tank at the moment with just the usual community mix
will transfer some of the rocks out of that tank plus the filter into the new tank
then do the usual tests until i get zeros with just some food thrown in to generate the ammonia

it will be a mixed gender umbuna with some of the more docile
yellow labs
yellow tailed acie
rusty
and 1 more to decide
 

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Use ammonia instead of food. You don't have to wait for it to rot, and it is cleaner.

Cynotilapia zebroides Cobue is peaceful and will give you a blue barred male.
 

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off to our local hardware for the ammonia then

like the look of that fish thanks

is baby sterilizing solution o k to use to clean this tank
 

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Be sure to buy clear ammonia without any surfactants.

I don't know what baby sterilizing solution is made of but many people use plain unscented regular bleach mixed with water to clean preowned aquarium equipment. Another option is to use household white vinegar if you don't like to use bleach.
 

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I don't use any chemicals...just hot water and a clean scrubber.
 

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apparently ammonia is a very good cleaning agent so i will use that to clean before i fill and cycle
 
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