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mullinsd2 06-07-2009 05:17 PM

fish choice
I am still in the process of setting up my tank (45 galon tall), but would like to begin deciding the stock I want to keep. I really want a variety of colors, and an angel fish. Any suggestions?

Fusion MK 06-07-2009 05:59 PM

I would say 5-6 angel fish and 8-10 cories with a sand substrate. The cories are usually the only fish that will not disturb the angel fish (except maybe at feeding time) and are not too small as to be eaten. They do not eat a lot, so the waste will be minimal. Plant some vallisneria (actually, plant a lot... the angelfish need to hide somewhere...), and maybe you won't even have to change the water that often.

mullinsd2 06-07-2009 08:43 PM

Oh wow, that made me happy to see I could have that many angels! I really wanted a Tang but after a lot of research I realized my tank size just would't cut it.

Kellsindell 06-07-2009 10:24 PM

This is saltwater, not freshwater. You can't have that many Angel fish. I only recommend the dwarf angel fish. Something like a Lemon Peel or Flame or things of that size. Will you be housing corals? If so what type?

You can keep a tang... just not a big tang like a clown tang and you will have to upgrade eventually.

Kellsindell 06-07-2009 10:25 PM

Also, you will still need to do water changes normally (10% once a week or 20% every 2 weeks) and skim it. What type of filtration will you be using?

mullinsd2 06-07-2009 10:39 PM

Ya I was planning on going with the dwarf angels, and I am using a canister filter. I have not even started cycling my tank yet, but the next investment I am making is in live rock then a skimmer. I am only doing fowlr, and I do not plan on upgrading. I just bought everything I have. So whatever fish I get I plan on keeping until it dies in this tank.....

Fusion MK 06-07-2009 11:24 PM

hmm... a saltwater tank, eh? :oops:

Well, if you have a 20 gallon tall for freshwater and you wanted angels, then I guess 6 angels and 9 cories would be the way to go...:lol:

onefish2fish 06-08-2009 01:09 AM

no tang will fit in this tank.

conger 06-08-2009 07:07 PM


Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 202545)
no tang will fit in this tank.

+1 since you won't be upgrading, and even if you were planning on upgrading to a larger tank, 45 gallon tall is really pushing it for a baby tang of most types, as they need a lot of lateral room for swimming.

As far as angelfish go, just like Kells said only go with dwarf angels (flame, lemon peel, coral beauty). And only keep one dwarf angel! They are very aggressive towards each other, so if you had multiple in your tank they would fight and kill each other until only one is left.

mullinsd2 06-08-2009 07:37 PM

Sounds good! So i hate the canister filter that I have and want something else. If i get a good protein skimmer and a powerhead will that suffice for filtration?

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