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Old 05-05-2014, 12:42 PM   #41
 
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Pair of Nano Ocellaris Clowns from my LFS (How can I tell if they are bonded?)
These are ok. One should be bigger than the other.
Yellowstriped Cardinalfish
This one is ok, and you could probably get 2-3 of these as they dont get very big and have a really neat hierarchy
Chalk Bass
This one is also ok
Scissortail Dartfish?
This one is also ok, but it will jump i suggest using eggcrate over the top of the tank
Red Ruby Dragonet
This fish is not for beginners, It is fickle and it needs a very mature tank in order to survive and have ample food supply. Im not saying you cant, im just saying you should wait.
Maybe a Royal Gramma?
These can be bullies and are usually mean in my experience. But every fish differs so you may now have any issues lol


All fish are single unless otherwise noted. Would the Darter and Dragonet be fine together if I prove enough caves/division between area's?they would be fine together, but as i mentioned the dragonet isnt suitable for a beginner
Also, can I have more than one type of cardinalfish or is it best to stick with one of any species unless a bonded pair?
I'll let someone else answer this one

Also if try using this AqAdvisor
And i can recommend a few fish if you can give me an idea of what you would like in color or chracteristics
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:50 PM   #42
 
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Yeah, I always use AQadvisor for literally everything lol.

Thanks for the tips, I'll steer clear from the Gramma anyway. Basically what I want is a tank that looks like a saltwater--yes that sounds silly but basically, no salties that look like they could belong in freshwater as far as colors go so I'm looking for more of the bright colors.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:15 PM   #43
 
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OK, small, cute and colorful
clown goby
panda goby
Cherub angelfish
Flame Hawkfish
Coral Beauty
Midas Blenny
Bluespot jawfish
Lemonpeel Angelfish
Lyretail Anthias
Orchid dottyback ( get a small one)
These are just a few i think you may like. Im not saying get all these but they are some options
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:11 PM   #44
 
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Thanks for the list! I love flame angels but I prefer to stay away from any that might even been a little dangerous to the future reef.
I like the
Blue Dot Jawfish and the Orchid Dottyback!

Hmm, I see that I can keep more than one Dottyback in the tank provided enough hiding places, floor space and they are added at the same time. Can I do this? I really like the look of the Orchid, Splendid, I really like the Striped since it's more peaceful than its counterparts.

Gahhh, so many choices!!!!
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:10 PM   #45
 
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well i always heard the splendid is more aggressive. And angels usually wont pick at coral as long as they are well fed, atleast in my experience
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:30 AM   #46
 
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Yeah, as much as I like the look of the Splendid, I'll try to steer clear from the semi-aggressive ones as much as possible. Although I know each fish as their own personality as well! But I was thinking maybe 2 Striped and 1 Orchid? I'll have to watch some videos on these guys and search other places for experience unless you guys have kept any of these fish ^_^

So definitely on my list are the hopefully bonded pair of Nano Clowns so I need fish that would be peaceful with them. I know the Yellowstriped Cardinalfish will be pretty peaceful as well as the Stripped Dottybacks so then the Orchid is a maybe since it's listed as Semi-aggressive. I think I'll strike the Chalk Bass as well just to be safe. I like the look of the Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse as well as pretty much all the Fairy Wrasses, mostly the Longfin Fairy Wrasse. Will different wrasses tolerate each other? I would like a Sixline Wrasse as well since I heard they're decent cleaners for unwanted pests. I see they can be a little aggressive to other wrasses, anyone have experience with these guys?

I do plan on keeping these guys very well fed, I already have plenty of frozen foods from my Betta's and other microfish. I also have live worm cultures, can salt fish eat these worms too? I've got grindal's and white worms for my Dario Dario, Ember Tetras and Gelius Barbs. The Corydoras Habrosus and Wild Honey Gouramis like to snack on them too
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:42 AM   #47
 
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Back on the plumbing parts of this. Still confused why you'd split the return and have it go back into the sump, is this some sort of safety thing?

Also, I have been looking into drilling my own tank, I've been watching videos and such about it but confused still on what size hole I want. Also, do I want a out hole AND a in hole or just out and have the nozzle go up and over the tank? Also, where should I put the hole? I see there is requirements on where is exactly the hole is like how far from the edge it is and all. Also, I see I could put it on the bottom or have multiple drainage holes but how exactly does it work if it's on the bottom, how would I not pull the sand in?

It's also looking like I want to make my own Sump from a 20 long with a refugium in the middle. Good idea?
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:38 AM   #48
 
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OK im no good with the plumbing stuff, but the 20 long sump is a great idea. I keep an orchid dottyback in my 14g biocube with my two clowns. No problem. I had a sixline wrasse and it nearly harrassed my poor clown to death. Any other wrasse is ok and do well together. BUT Wrasses are not always easy. But i havent had any success in keeping them alive, i had a fairy wrasse . $100 died after two days. But i think the carpenters are supposed to be easier. Long acclimation, ask about the fish before you buy, Where;d it come from, whats it eating, ask them to feed it in front of you, & how long has it been there.
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:56 PM   #49
 
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Back on the plumbing parts of this. Still confused why you'd split the return and have it go back into the sump, is this some sort of safety thing?

Also, I have been looking into drilling my own tank, I've been watching videos and such about it but confused still on what size hole I want. Also, do I want a out hole AND a in hole or just out and have the nozzle go up and over the tank? Also, where should I put the hole? I see there is requirements on where is exactly the hole is like how far from the edge it is and all. Also, I see I could put it on the bottom or have multiple drainage holes but how exactly does it work if it's on the bottom, how would I not pull the sand in?

It's also looking like I want to make my own Sump from a 20 long with a refugium in the middle. Good idea?
a few things to consiider if you drill.... be sure the glass is not tempered.. if it is.. you can not drill it.. it will shatter into a million little pieces just like your windshield.. the only differance is the tank is not safety glass and has no middle membrane to hole the itty bitty shattered pieces together..... also.. how will you skim your tank.. by using a weir or overgflow.. you are assured there will be no slick on the surface.... as far as the bottom goes... you use a stand pipe to get above the sand...again... the glass on the bottom might be tempered.. there are usualy warning labels on them against drilling..
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:17 PM   #50
 
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Thanks again guys, yeah I saw that your Fairy had died Killa, that always stinks! Especially when they're expensive. My acclimation is always long, for freshwater I do 1 hour Drip minimum and if I feel they need more, they get more so I'm good with all those stuff.

As for the drilling, yes I know about the tempered glass. The Aqueon 40 breeders are non-tempered glass ALL the way around which is rather nice.

So which is more efficient? having a stand pipe or having a hole in the side? Now I'm confused on what would happen with just a hole on the side as it looks like I would still need some sort of overflow box or weir? I'm really enjoying the look of the "coast to coast" overflow though, inside the tank.
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