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post #131 of 143 Old 02-09-2010, 05:41 PM
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I know it sounds crazy, but don't do a 180. I should have gone 260. The space is nearly identical and the cost not much different. I need more water.
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post #132 of 143 Old 02-09-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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I have room for 2, maybe 3 smaller fish in this tank. As much as I want an angel I decided to only get reef safe fish that can transfer to the larger tank one day.

I am thinking about a canary blenny (ORA) as my next fish. I was thinking of a neon dottyback but am concerned it might go after my cleaner shrimp.

I also need some ideas for a "centerpiece" fish since I want to keep this tank reef safe.
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I am thinking about a canary blenny (ORA) as my next fish. I was thinking of a neon dottyback but am concerned it might go after my cleaner shrimp.
Any thoughts on a canary blenny? Am I correct in that I should avoice the neon dottyback?
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post #134 of 143 Old 02-13-2010, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Instead of an angel I am thinking of completing the fish in my tank with a couple of banggai cardinals and move my corals back from my friend's house. With my current stock how many banggai cardinals can I put in the tank?

Also... brittle starfish... I believe they are beneficial. I have noticed at least three in my tank that I never noticed before. They are tiny and appear to be black and white striped. I assume I am correct in thinking they are good for the tank?
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post #135 of 143 Old 02-13-2010, 07:39 PM
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You are still on the right track. Everything above sounds about right. You are correct that adding a Dottyback in a tank with a shrimp can be a bad idea, depending on the size of each. I would skip it. On the Banggai, they aren't very active fish, so the group size will really depend on your tastes. Say 5 or 6?
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You are still on the right track. Everything above sounds about right. You are correct that adding a Dottyback in a tank with a shrimp can be a bad idea, depending on the size of each. I would skip it. On the Banggai, they aren't very active fish, so the group size will really depend on your tastes. Say 5 or 6?
Can I get a school that large with my current load?

I have the two gobies (yellow and diamond watchman), the 2 clowns and 2 chromis. I was hoping for 3 banggai cardinals and one other rock dweller type fish. If you think I can get away with more I wouldn't mind throwing a larger school in there. They are stunning little guys.
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post #137 of 143 Old 02-14-2010, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Got three banggai cardinals (all that he had left) and 1 peppermint shrimp. No other reason to get the peppermint shrimp other than to get something else scurrying around my tank at night. :)

Now that I am starting to add my corals:

1 long Polyp Leather (ORA)
1 large green zoa colony
1 medium green star polyp colony with a couple of clusters of Xenia growing on the edges
1 mushroom rock (about 14 or so mushrooms)

What do I need to add supplement wise?
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post #138 of 143 Old 02-15-2010, 04:06 AM
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in time the cardinals will most likely pair and become very aggressive to the third wheel. do you know if theyre captive bred or wild caught?
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in time the cardinals will most likely pair and become very aggressive to the third wheel. do you know if theyre captive bred or wild caught?
I didn't ask but they were with all of the other ORA fish that my guy sells. I assume they were captive bred. I will find out for sure.

So 3 isn't a good number?
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post #140 of 143 Old 02-16-2010, 07:48 AM
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OF2F has more experience than I do with banggai cardinals, so I will defer to his opinion on this. Keep in mind, however, that just because you have 3 fish does not mean they will pair up. It is just a possibility that you need to be prepared for in the future. If you see this behavior, then you can always return the odd ball to the LFS, or use it in your next aquarium.

I like your coral selection. Keep in mind that regarldless of the size of the colonies you are purchasing, they will spread rather fast. Be sure to allow space, especially for the Xenia and Green Star Polyps. Also, the leather will grow upwards rather quickly, and will shade some light from surrounding corals.

Bottom line, don't stock the tank for what it looks like today. Stock the tank with corals for what it will look like in 6 months.

Supplementation should be calcium and buffer only. Do not add iodine, stontium, molybendium, or any other additives that the industry pushes down your throat. We do not have accurate test kits for these other additives, and you should never add what you can't test for. Instead, you will monitor your water change routine and adjust accordingly based on the appearance of your corals. It sounds funny now, but it becomes obvious over the next few months.
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