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mianaMW 06-18-2010 07:09 AM

Need help stocking 15Gallon FOWLR
 
Hi, okay so i got this 15 gallon tank cycled for about a month. im using a HOB filter and a small resun skimmer as well as a resun wavemaker. About 3-5kg of live rock and 2" depth of sand(actually its crushed coral...mybe)

So far the inhabitants are:-
1. 1" blue regal tang
2. 1.5" foxface
3. A pair of 1" green chromis

Generally my fishes are still shy and i dont see them swimming around much excpt for the chromis pair. So i was thinking should i add some more fish to make them abit more lively or well any suggestions?

this is the list of possibilities:-
1. cleaner shrimp
2. turbo snail
3. one more blue regal tang?(the same size)
4. schooling the chromis?
5. A 1" six-line wrasse
6. Coral Beauty

BTW i know the blue tang and foxface will outgrow the tank so when they do, I'll just transfer them to either of my 65 Gallon tanks.

njudson 06-18-2010 07:21 AM

I think the shrimp would be a good addition. I find mine very interesting to watch. Please don't add another large fish.

mianaMW 06-18-2010 07:25 AM

Okay thnks, so no more large fishes. What fishes do you suggest then?

njudson 06-18-2010 07:27 AM

What about a green clown goby?
http://liveaquaria.com/product/prod_...159&pcatid=159

or maybe a firefish?

mianaMW 06-18-2010 07:33 AM

okay im considering the clown goby. it would perfectly fit in well with my tank. A firefish im not so sure because i heard they like to jump out of aquariums, unfortunately mine doesnt have a lid or cover. Btw would schooling the chromis be a good idea?

wake49 06-18-2010 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by mianaMW (Post 407141)
Hi, okay so i got this 15 gallon tank cycled for about a month. im using a HOB filter and a small resun skimmer as well as a resun wavemaker. About 3-5kg of live rock and 2" depth of sand(actually its crushed coral...mybe)

So far the inhabitants are:-
1. 1" blue regal tang
2. 1.5" foxface

BTW i know the blue tang and foxface will outgrow the tank so when they do, I'll just transfer them to either of my 65 Gallon tanks.

Please bring the Regal Tang and the Foxface back to the fish store. These fish are not suitable for a 15 gallon tank. They grow rapidly and within a month you should have them in a tank of at least six feet in length... Leaving them in such small quarters will compromise their immune systems, and not give them ample hiding space, effecting their territorial behavior.

Regal Tangs can grow to be over a foot in length as adults, and reach 75% of their adult size within the first year, sometimes sooner than that. These fish need six feet of tank to swim in at the least. No ifs ands or buts. A 65 gallon tank is only 36" in length. One swipe of that fish's tail and he is across the tank.

Foxface are also free swimmers and I would suggest a tank at least five feet in length. They don't grow as large as the Hippo, but still over 6" isn't uncommon.

The responsible thing to do here would be either buy a six foot tank or return the fish to the store.

mianaMW 06-18-2010 08:15 AM

oh,okay thnx for the heads up. i've been thinking of making a custom made aquarium by end of this year measuring 36"x30"x30" using 10-12 inch glass. That's around 135 Gallons, i've already come up with the design and cost. Do u think that'l be big enough for when these fishes grow to adult sizes?

wake49 06-18-2010 11:44 AM

I think that you should return those two fish if you don't have a six foot aquarium running by June 30th. They grow faster than you think and like I said, reach 75% of their adult size in the first year, if not more. Plus the tank will need time to mature (probably about six weeks), so there is more time lost.

Please re-home these fish in a six foot tank as soon as possible.

mianaMW 06-19-2010 12:47 AM

okay thanks for the advice! :)

trukgirl 06-20-2010 09:55 AM

I definitely agree with Wake!!! You should return the Tang and Foxface.


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