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Old 01-02-2011, 05:27 PM   #11
 
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Things are looking good. I will tell you, I am a big believer in the UV Sterilizer, at least until 3 or 4 months after you add your last fish. The sterile environment that the UV helps to create by killing disease causing pathogens is very helpful during the stocking period. I also see the UV as a great tool to preventing the spread of disease, should a newly acquired fish show parasites or other issues that went unnoticed in quarantine, or presented themselves unexpectedly after quarantine.

What types of fish are you considering?
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:07 PM   #12
 
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I'm considering clowns and tangs because I may opt to go reef with it at some point after everything is doing very well.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:30 PM   #13
 
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You seem like an old pro at this. Normally, I'd say that the live rock design is not what you'd want on a tank this size, because usually you'd be keeping smaller fish that really need a more secretive rock structure to call home. But in your case this isn't an issue. You've created a design that is open and will allow for coral placement, has plenty of space for coral growth, and open swimming space for the fish you have picked, which are open water fish.

I will caution you on Tangs in this tank size. It is the rare person who has success in keeping multiple Tangs in a tank this small. I would suggest you stick with one Tang, and make it a Tang from the Ctenochaetus genus. The Chevron and Tomini are my personal favorites, but the Yellow Eye is less expensive and probably the easiest of all Tangs to maintain in captivity. This particular genus is less aggressive that the others and are actually better algae grazers for reef setups.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:52 PM   #14
 
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Thanks, I've been doing a LOT of reading before I take each step.

One question I do have - how often do I feed the 18 (now 15) hermit crabs? They appear to be attacking and killing each other for food. I have the micro pellets and the LFS said to feed just a pinch every two days, but without any other food (algae and waste) I'm fearful off them killing themselves to survive.
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