03-13-2010, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by wake49
I have just noticed that you use crushed coral. I have always been advised against this, because it is large in particulate and has a tendency to trap detritus, resulting in Nitrate and Phosphate spikes.
I agree that I would not disturb the substrate if possible. I also agree that a 4'' to 6'' aragonite bed is far superior, but for the purpose of this tank and what the goals are I wouldn't be concerned. That being said, if you plan to add more substrate to the bottom, do NOT add more crushed coral.
In terms of adding more rock, there is no reason at all that you would need to remove these fish. But given that the firefish is prone to jumping, you could consider moving it temporarily. Just make sure the holding container is covered. I see no reason to move the Clown and it would probably just cause more stress than do good. Move the inverts if you are concerned, but I wouldn't bother.
Finally, just to be clear.... "more live rock = more fish" is not the name of the game. But in your case, it is true that more live rock will break up the territory in this tank and make it easier to reach the maximum stocking level for this tank, which you have yet to do. I just want to clarify for the reader who might not read the entire discussion.