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Old 12-26-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
 
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I got a 40 gallon breeder.


These are stocking Ideas !!!! not the stocking list.
  • a goby shrimp pair
  • royal gramma
  • Mandarin goby
  • clown pair
  • firefish
  • yellow headed jawfish
  • yellow headed sleeper goby
  • trio of banggaii cardinals
  • cintron goby
  • green clown goby
I think I will order 50 pounds of key largo dry rock. Then seed it with base rock

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Old 12-26-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
 
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You need to eliminate the Mandarin Goby from your possible fish list. This fish will not survive in a 40 gallon tank. The extreme amounts of copepods & amphipods consumed by this fish in a day are not practical for a small tank.
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:25 PM   #3
 
Ok the list is down to

a shrimp goby pair
clown pair
firefish
yellow headed jawfish
yellow headed sleeper goby
banggaii cardinal trio of youngsters
cintron goby ( what is the proper spelling)
clown goby

I know this. The tank sould be here on tuesday.
the tank stand is not done.
I can't have an external sump. maby an internal.
I need a type of food that can be used like flake food.(can I use flake food if it is not the staple in the diet?)


I don't know
Where should I get my water from.
Pasfur, Is key largo rock ok? I will proably get 50 pounds and seed with live rock.
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:53 PM   #4
 
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Ok the list is down to

a shrimp goby pair
clown pair
firefish
yellow headed jawfish
yellow headed sleeper goby
banggaii cardinal trio of youngsters
cintron goby ( what is the proper spelling)
clown goby

I know this. The tank sould be here on tuesday.
the tank stand is not done.
I can't have an external sump. maby an internal.
I need a type of food that can be used like flake food.(can I use flake food if it is not the staple in the diet?)


I don't know
Where should I get my water from.
Pasfur, Is key largo rock ok? I will proably get 50 pounds and seed with live rock.

I don't want to answer for Pasfur, but I do know he often recommends the Key Largo rock from marcorocks to many people, including me.
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:06 PM   #5
 
I am mainly focusing on making my list of fish smaller.
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:34 AM   #6
 
o hai there...

I have a 40G as well, and keep the following:
-2 Clowns
-1 Mystery Wrasse
-1 Bicolor Blenny
-1 Yellow Watchman Goby
-1 Cherub Pygmy Angel
I love my setup. They all get along great and each have amazing personality.

From your list, I would eliminate/select... (Personally)

-a goby shrimp pair = Would work Great. Yasha Hashe's or high-bandes are my personal favorites.
-royal gramma =
-Mandarin goby = Eliminate, for above reason.
-clown pair = Obviously great.
-firefish = Great.
-yellow headed jawfish = Needs a DEEP sandbed in order to thrive, unless you make a custom burrow.
-yellow headed sleeper goby = Hard to keep. Eliminate.
-trio of banggaii cardinals = You will most likely get fry eventually.
-cintron goby = Size issue (Small). Eliminate.
-green clown goby = Stays too small for a 40G in my opinion. Eliminate

I would get the clown pair, goby shrimp pair, a firefish, and the trio of Banggaiis personally.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:27 AM   #7
 
Cody I like that stocking idea! Could I switch the firefish for a royal gramma, without problems?

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Old 12-27-2009, 01:12 PM   #8
 
Could a long spine urchin survive in my tank?
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:06 PM   #9
 
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All of the advice above is fabulous. Thanks Cody for catching the Citron Goby...definitely not a fish for this tank.

I used Key Largo Rock in my 180. I have been very happy with it and found it very easy to work with.

Flake food is fine. As for a staple, i don't believe anything should be a staple. You need 6 to 8 different foods and should just rotate. I feed frozen Angel Formula, Brine, Squid, Marine Cuzine, Plankton, plus Garlic enhanced pellets and several different flake foods. Plus algae sheets daily.
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:46 PM   #10
 
Yep, the Gramma is a great substitute for the firefish.

I would also like to direct you to Purple Firefish, or even the expensive Helfrich Firefish ifyou are into purple. All four choices (firefish, firefish, firefish, gramma) would work great.
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