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Old 03-03-2010, 07:05 AM   #131
 
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I have a ton of Asternia starfish in my 54 reef, and I've never noticed any problems. I'm curious to look at them today to see if they have 6 or 7 legs. That is new to me.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:19 AM   #132
 
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I have a ton of Asternia starfish in my 54 reef, and I've never noticed any problems. I'm curious to look at them today to see if they have 6 or 7 legs. That is new to me.
Haha dont quote me on it! I read it on another thread from a different forum while doing my google search to see what they were/if they were reef safe. Im glad to hear you have many and no problems. The wife got so excited when she spotted it! She started yelling and I didnt know what was going on lol
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:38 PM   #133
 
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Today I added an Emerald Crab and 7 more Astrea snails. I think I am done with my LFS unless for some reason I need something faster than I can get it online. Im tired of listening to the bull there. Keep in mind that the thread title is incorrect, this is a 29G reef not a 30. I found out after starting the thread that the tank is a 29. So with that in mind, what can you folks recommend for a 'centerpiece' fish suitable for my tank? Current live stock is a pair of juvenile clowns, blood red fire shrimp, emerald crab, and assorted snails.

My LFS wont even allow me to buy a Dwarf Flame Angel for my tank, OR a Clown Fairy Wrasse. So I asked her today "so what CAN I get for a centerpiece fish?" She said, purple firefish are nice. Come on, Ive got to be able to do better than that... So Ill order this fish online since she doesnt want my money, so I would love some ideas from you folks.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:28 PM   #134
 
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Flame Angel. Very hardy and beautiful. Any of the Pygmy Angelfish would work as well:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...gmy-angelfish/
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p.../cherub-angel/
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...gmy-angelfish/

Sorry the profiles lack pictures on these species. We are still creating the profile database. But there is some great information there. The guy who wrote those pages is a brilliant man.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:31 AM   #135
 
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get rid of the clowns and
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Old 03-04-2010, 06:17 AM   #136
 
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Thanks for the ideas folks! You told me precisely what I wanted to hear. Onefish2fish, thats a pretty cool fish. My main problem is Im trying to please everyone in the house when it comes to this tank (Myself, Wife and two children) for that reason I dont think he would work. However I think it would be a cool fish to have when I upgrade tanks soon

So right now Im going to have to say it will probably be a Dwarf angel. I had the wife on the computer last night going through the pics of angels and she liked the Lemonpeel and Yellow angel best.

Now Ive got another question. Ive only got a 10G Q tank. Would I be able to keep a dwarf angel in a 10G Q tank for 4 weeks or more while monitoring it for disease?

So its beginning to sound like

2 Clownfish
1 Watchman Goby
1 Yellow Dwarf Angel
And if possible maybe a Bangaii Cardinal (Pterapogon kauderni)

Would this stocking listwork?
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:10 PM   #137
 
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Now Ive got another question. Ive only got a 10G Q tank. Would I be able to keep a dwarf angel in a 10G Q tank for 4 weeks or more while monitoring it for disease?
Yes, just realize that the Lemon Peel Angel is difficult to keep. They are much more difficult than a Flame or Coral Beauty. Shipping and handling problems related to collection result in serious problems acclimating to the aquarium. The C. heraldi is not much better.

A Flagfin Angel (Apolemichthys trimaculatus) would be a better choice after your upgrade, but not for a 30 gallon. The Apolemichthys genus behaves like a Genicanthus in the aquarium, making it an acceptable Angel in a 75 gallon tank, size considered. The Flagfin reaches about 11 inches in length, so it should be ok in a 75. They are usually offered for sale in the 4'' size, which is a bonus.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:30 PM   #138
 
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Ahh exactly why I love this forum! Thats fine with me, the wife picked one of the clowns and my oldest son picked the other. The wife also likes the pink spotted watchman, so theres her other pick and the centerpiece is going to be MY choice, lol. And I personally think the Flame angel is a great looking fish! So there thats settled. Either way, the angel will obviously be the last fish added, and its not going to be anytime soon. A couple months down the road at least. So how does this sound,

2 Clownfish
1 Bangaii Cardinal
1 Pink spotted watchman goby
1 Flame angel

Would this work? Also, that would probably be the order I add them in.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:33 PM   #139
 
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Looks fine. Just add the Flame last, otherwise I'm not worried about the order. You might have room for another very small fish, like a Jawfish or something similar.
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:09 PM   #140
 
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Looks fine. Just add the Flame last, otherwise I'm not worried about the order. You might have room for another very small fish, like a Jawfish or something similar.
Maybe a firefish?
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