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evanlundberg4 09-16-2012 11:32 AM

Restocking my 55 gallon
 
So following last weeks debacle ending in the death of all my fish I'm now regrouping and trying to come up with a plan for stocking my tank. I'll have my sump all set up with a protein skimmer two 550 gph power heads and a good amount more rock. My first three fish were two blue damsels and a firefish. While great looking fish they ended up not being the peaceful inhabitants I hoped for. This was mainly due to one of my damsels being a big bully. I'm looking to set up a nice peaceful easy to maintain aquarium. My tentative stocking list is as follows:

Fish:
Clown Fish...prob a black and white one
Another Firefish
Royal Gramma
Bi-color Blennie
The controversial one....six line wrasse. I hear this particular one is reef safe, eats bristle worms, which I recently discovered in my tank, but that they can be aggressive

Inverts:
Nassarius snails
Margarita snails
Sand sifting star
Reef hermits

Corals:
Zoas of various sorts
Toadstool mushrooms
Maybe some other easy ones depending on how these go

So there you have it. Comments, suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. This will be my second go of it so I'm going to make it count. I unfortunately at the expense of losing my newfound friends learned the hard way that marine aquariums require time, effort, being thorough and careful and most importantly NOT tap water. :oops:

Reefing Madness 09-16-2012 12:19 PM

Looks good so far. But if you want the total peaceful tank, keep the 6Line out of the equation. They don't get very big, but, like the Damsels, can be little butt heads. Also, Bristle Worms are actually good things in the tank, they are kinda part of the CUC. They also let you know when you are over feeding, because the more you see the more eccess nutrients are in the tank. And that you don't want.

evanlundberg4 09-16-2012 12:28 PM

So then I prob shouldn't have pulled mine out then....he was about three inches long. I bought a few good chunks of live rock from another area pet store and their tanks were admittedly not nearly as clean as the one I had been going to and I believe he hitched a ride into my tank. I found him eating one of my dead fish :shock:.

evanlundberg4 09-16-2012 12:37 PM

Would the blue/green reef chromis be an acceptable substitute for the wrasse? Live Aquaria claims they're peaceful and reef safe

Reefing Madness 09-16-2012 01:43 PM

Chromis are cool fish. But they will chase each other around, not other fish.

Reefing Madness 09-16-2012 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by evanlundberg4 (Post 1245446)
So then I prob shouldn't have pulled mine out then....he was about three inches long. I bought a few good chunks of live rock from another area pet store and their tanks were admittedly not nearly as clean as the one I had been going to and I believe he hitched a ride into my tank. I found him eating one of my dead fish :shock:.

Believe me, you have alot more than jus tthe one you pulle out, no worries. And yea, they will munch on all kinds of garbage in the tank thats left behind. They will also, devour dead fish along with the help of the other CUC.

evanlundberg4 09-16-2012 08:18 PM

Well I could use more cuc members. My sand had been getting a brownish coating on it until I added a couple nassarius snails last week and they've been doing a pretty bang up job stirring up the sand. I cut back my feedings in an effort to help keep it cleaner.

I'll prob end up adding a chromis to my stocking list for the tank. My goal is a handful of smaller colorful fish.

MiamiLeos 09-17-2012 09:03 PM

Theres a thread somewhere that shows a good guideline on how to stock a tank. It's basically like this: for every 15 gallons of water, you can have 2 members of group A fish and 1 species of group B fish. Group A are the fish that generally stay close to/in the rock (basslets, gobies, dottybacks, jawfish, etc.) Group B are fish that swim more and like some open water space (clowns, dwarf angels, chromis, cardinalfish, anthias, blennies, wrasse, etc.)

I have a 57 gallon and I plan to stock it something like this:

Group A-
Yellow Watchman Goby 1
Royal Gramma Basslet 1
Manderin Dragonet 1
some sort of Dottyback 1

Group B-
O. Clowns 2
Blue/Green Reef Chromis 3ish
Flame Hawkfish 1
Powder Blue Tang 1 (this I obviously wouldn't advise unless your LFS assures you that you can trade it in once it gets too big for the tank)

Again, this is just what I've come up with on paper, not necessarily what I will end up with, but it can give you an idea.

evanlundberg4 09-17-2012 09:22 PM

Dude that would be a pretty sick set up. I love those tangs but like you said they would end up to big. I'll see if I can dig up that thread. Any idea what I could find it under? I'm going for the most colorful but also most peaceful aquarium I can have. Also everything needs to be reef safe and might go light on the fishes to keep the bio-load low as at some point I'm definitely planning on corals.

MiamiLeos 09-17-2012 09:47 PM

Yea, I'm deff going full reef too. Not totally set on what corals I want yet. I already have about 8 blue leg hermits and one lonely turbo snail. I'm for sure getting a few more turbos and a couple nassarius and prob a shrimp of some kind for the goby. Found the thread. It's a really good read :)

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...ng-list-38579/


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