I've had my tank up and running now for a while and everything seems to be going well. It is a 28g Nanocube with the Tunze skimmer, 30lbs of rock, 20lbs of sand and in the middle of upgrading to the nanocustoms 5x6 led retrofit kit (blue diodes were backordered) plumbed into an above tank 5g refuge with dsb and like 3lbs of rock. For corals I currently have zoas, and ricordea, and a test acro. My cuc is the 30g crew from reefcleaners with 2 added blue legged hermits. I know I am close to hitting bioload cap but was wanting to try to add maybe 1 more fish and have been exploring several options, namely a firefish or one of the reef safe wrasse. Has anyone had experience keeping one of the reef safe wrasse (6 lined, pink streak, filamented flasher) in a 28g with a mandarin? I'm aware the 6 lined will compete for pods which at least so far seem to be stable in the tank and abundant in the fuge so I am leaning away from that option but see much less information on the other wrasses. Any other suggestions are also welcome I would just like 1 more visible fish as the blenny seems rather timid and tends to stay hidden in his burrow and the mandarin is usually off foraging for pods between feedings.
2 True Percula
1 Scarlett cleaner shrimp
1 lawnmower blenny
1 spotted mandarin (had for about a month and has put on weight and is eating Ova like a pig)
i would go with the fire fish...not alot to add to the bio load...really nice looking ...stays in mid to top water levels when not disturbed.........although the wrasses are cool ...from my experience they deminish the copapod level rather quikly...and some like my six line likes little dusters...
Check out flasher and fairy wrasses. They are planktonic feeders who wont compete with the mandarin much. I just got a carpenter's wrasse recently and he is always out and about swimming around. <3 this fish
unless you rearrange your rock a bit i would not add anything as the True Percs will get territorial from all that i have read...
firefish is nice, have you thought of a dwarf angel?
Well from what I've seen the True Percs at least the 2 I have are fairly low key bar some initial head bashing when I introduced the pair to establish dominance. The mandarin was introduced after the True Percs and they seem to all swim around happily with each other and even seem to like to all swim as a group at times. Yes, I have looked at some of the dwarf angels. I love the flame angel but from what I've seen all of the dwarf angels are somewhat prone to attack corals and I have a decent investment in corals I don't want to die if it goes rogue so I am somewhat hesitant. If anyone has tips on how to do it successfully I'm game but didn't want to over commit. I have looked at the various reef safe wrasses and the 6 line looks like the worst fit, although I am thinking at least from the research I've done that the filamented flasher wrasse (Paracheilinus filamentosus) would make a good addition.
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