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About to add london tap water

Hi i just bought a new tank 200 ltr for malawi cichlids which i havent bought yet. Can anyone please recommend a good starter bacteria for the water and filteration system also how many days should i wait before adding fish to the tank. 

Ive been advice to get live ocean rock and bog wood with lots of plants. 
Any advice is much appreciated 
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I’d fully fishless cycle if your planning a Malawai tank (thats what it was originally used for), as the tank will need to be stocked heavily to prevent aggression/territory disputes and most of the bacteria in a bottle products are designed to work with a small number of fish and gradual stocking from there on.
I also would give the plants a miss as depending on which type of malawis your planning on, the plants might get eaten or destroyed.
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I think ocean rock and live rock are two different things. Live rock is rock that contains the bacteria used to filter marine aquariums, whereas ocean rock might be useful to add to the hardness of water.
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Live rock is marine rock with all sorts of 'live' critters for marine ( SALT ) water. you want Ocean rock which is different.
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You need to understand a few things such as the nitrogen cycle and the important parameters of water for keeping fish alive. It's really something to be researched thoroughly before buying aquariums and not really something to be learning on the job, so to speak.

Malawi cichlid tanks need to be highly stocked to dilute their terrritorial aggression amongst the many rather than having a few fish where the dominant one's pick on the same weaker fish until it dies, then they pick on the next weakest fish etc.

Having a highly stocked tank puts pressure on filtration and water quality so you need to understand all of this well before starting because making a mistake with a well stocked Malawi tank leaves little room for manoeuvre and things can go south fairly rapidly.

There's some great information on this website, the tutorials are thorough and well laid out. Check them out for some great info.
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