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Old 04-21-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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Advice on cleaning and stocking

Hi all. I just picked up a new 90 gallon and need to clean it. Is vinegar and water the way to go if I rinse the heck outta it after? Or just water and a razor blade to get the deposits off insides?

Also I'm thinking of selling off current misfit mbuna mixed stock and doing 4 types mbuna with 3m/5-6f of each. I'm pretty sure I definitely want Saulosi's as one of the 4, Amy other cool suggestions? I like Polits and elongatus chewere too but not too familiar w them. Maybe those 3 types an one of the cyno tilapia types?
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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A razor is tiny for a 90 gallon! You need a bigger scrapper, like a speckle knife. Just water works, but you can use vinegar and baking soda.
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Don't use the baking soda it can scratch the glass. Vinegar, towel and water is all you need. Just soak a rag in a vinegar/water solution and lay it on the spots that need removed, it will come off.

The stocking ideas sound good so far. Just be careful because salousi , cynotilapia and the elongatus may not get along because of similarities or fighting may happen. Try to pick ones the look nothing alike.
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Don't use the baking soda it can scratch the glass. Vinegar, towel and water is all you need. Just soak a rag in a vinegar/water solution and lay it on the spots that need removed, it will come off.

The stocking ideas sound good so far. Just be careful because salousi , cynotilapia and the elongatus may not get along because of similarities or fighting may happen. Try to pick ones the look nothing alike.
Thanks Andrew! I am thinking salousi, elongatus jewel spot (less similar), and maybe cyno sp lion, and Polits
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Thanks Andrew! I am thinking salousi, elongatus jewel spot (less similar), and maybe cyno sp lion, and Polits
Those would all be different from each other sounds like a plan.
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I use a pressure washer to clean an old tank, rips the calcium deposits and that purple saltwater algae off in seconds with no elbow grease.
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I use a pressure washer to clean an old tank, rips the calcium deposits and that purple saltwater algae off in seconds with no elbow grease.
I'd be scared to try that. Wouldn't the pressurized water rip the silicon 0ff?
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I'd be scared to try that. Wouldn't the pressurized water rip the silicon 0ff?
I use paint masking tape to cover the silicone, then simply stay a inch or so away from the corners. It's pretty easy, I'd only do this with a large tank as there is a larger area to clean and saves lots of time soaking and scraping.
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Thanks guys! I think I'll give it as good a hose down I can in the garage and then use some vinegar and water an elbow grease as I don't have a pressure washer.
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