08-15-2011, 09:37 PM
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Ok, so I'm going with the mbunas, I stopped by my LFS, the guy has a really nice large stock of mbunas and he's apparently been doing this for 50 years, so I doubt he'll steer me wrong...I hope. I'm trying to decide on cleaners. I know they're bland, but I've always loved common plecs, I'm also thinking about an s. multipunctatis or other synodontis cat.
Would it be a mistake to put BOTH of those in a 50g mbuna tank? Are there any other options? I'm leaning toward the synodontis cat because I'd like to keep the tank fully African if possible.
Also, is there anything I should add to my tap water in order to prep it before I add it to the tank. I'm used to adding things such as ammonia remover (tap water shows 0 ppm for the ammonia test), water conditioner, and a bacteria supplement for a new tank. (All of these are Top Fin products) The water from the tap has a pH of 7.8 and is decidedly hard, I will be keeping shale and holey rock in the tank to help sustain pH and hardness.