92 Gallon Corner Fish List
I was hoping on some input on what I'd like to put in my tank down the road. This is NOT what is going in the tank, this is just a list of fish I'm intereste in and I'd like to have a solid list that I can put in the tank all at once (given the size of the tank and the type of fish that will mix). Look at "My Aquariums and you can see what I'm working with already. I'm looking to get rid of the anemone/clown and damsel. Also, I'm hoping that down the road I can do a reef once I get the money for the lighting. Let me know! Thanks!
1. Purple Tang
2. Achilles Tang
3. Desjardini Sailfin Tang
4. Blue Green Chromis (3-5)
5. Royal Gramma
6. Green or Spotted Mandarin
7. Just about any Foxface/Rabbitfish
8. Some Goby that sifts sand
9. True or False Percula (after the Cinnamon is gone)
10. MAYBE a "reef safe" Trigger
I'd just like to know what I can put in and when. Any other information or suggestions would be great. Thanks again!
first you dont want to put them in all at once it would give you a large nitrate spike, you only want to add a couple at a time and wait a couple weeks before you add a couple more and the mandarin you need to wait for about a year before you add that they are very hard to keep and very fussy eaters it will die on you. i would stay away from the trigger if you want a community type tank and reef
Morningdove, I think you were right on point with the advice you gave ReverendLoveBoy(good advice).
But I have to strongly disagree with the statement about the Mandarin Goby. Yes, you're correct; they are very finicky eaters and not an easy fish to get to thrive, but he does not need to wait a year to introduce one into the tank. If a mandarin is gonna thrive in a tank, it has nothing to do with the amount of time that you wait to introduce him, granted that the protein and mineral levels in the tank are all stable and healthy....but that doesn't take a year. It all depends on how he sets up the tank. He may very well be able to purchase the substrate for the tank "pre-seeded", as well as use established water (purchased from a reputable and trustworthy TFS) and that will help to bring his levels to a 'initial healhty place' that he can now begin to 'fine-tune' the biological and the chemical balance of the tank with more ease and in a shorter amount of 'wait time'. Now, I'm not suggesting that rushing this process is the key to getting his mandarin in there, all I'm suggesting is that, that fish can be ready for placement as soon as he 'finds and maintains' a constant and healthy biological and chemical balance in the environment.
I will also say that I think adding a couple fish every two weeks is a bit lengthy and can have a negative outcome in many scenarios. I think maybe adding a couple fish once a week (but adding only one fish a day) meaning two fish a week, but a couple days apart, is a safer process.... Given the species that he's mentioned (especially Tangs); and giving them too much time to obtain and claim territory, can make it difficult to then introduce the next set of fish and have them accepted as easily as possible into the community. Just my opinion ;-)
Yeah, I know all about the mandarins. I'm not planning on putting that in until I can dose my tank with a unch of copepods and get that started. My main concern is the tangs. Can I have all 3 of them (and my hippo) in a 92 Corner? And if so, who goes in first?
92 gallons might be a little bit small for tangs. but thats just my opinion and i'm pretty new to saltwater.
That's what I'm worried about. Because it's a corner tank, I don't think I'd have enough room for all 4. I'm hoping for a least 2.
Rev, it depends on how big the fish are. You have to remember that everything in regards to what's compatible in an aquarium, is relative to "sizes"..... size of fish, size of environment, filtration, etc. ...but in this case we're talking about sizes relative to fish vs. Environment (and if you wanna break it down even more.... gotta consider how the tank is scaped as well). I know it's harder in a corner tank, but you can make things work depending on all the stipulations described
Fair enough! I'll figure it out once the time is closer to get fish. Shouldn't be too far from now though...
The Purple Tang is one of the easiest to keep of all Tangs, but also one of the most aggressive after establishing a territory. If you want this fish, add it last.
The Achillies Tang is a very difficult to keep selection that is best left in the hands of extremely accomplished aquarists.
THe Desjardini Sailfin is also a Zebrasoma species of Tang, like the Purple Tang. You need to pick only 1 of these 2 fish.
The Chromis should fit nicely.
Royal Gramma will mix well and are sturdy fish. You will want to quarantine this fish, however, as they are very prone to ich.
The Rabbitfish would be best left for a larger aquarium, as they need a lot more swimming space than you have to offer.
Percula or Ocellaris Clownfish would be fine. A Trigger would not be a good idea for this size aquarium.
Now, I have a few words to elaborate on the concept of keeping a Mandarine Goby. Granted, the length of time an aquarium is set up does not have a direct correlation to the stability of the environment. However, the advice for having a seasoned aquarium is more appropriate with a Mandarin because of its very unique dietary requirements. Rather than wait a year, I would advice that you have a refugium, and wait until a thriving supply of copepods and amphipods are visibly apparent within your aquarium. Additionally, do not keep any other species of fish which require this special diet. A 90 gallon is pushing the limits of capability of supporting a single Mandarin.
:shock:Just kiddn (lol) ;-)
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