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MetalArm3 01-01-2012 04:20 PM

Stocking List Question
 
I just received my Biocube 29 HQI and need help with a stocking list.

I would like to have the following:

2 Ocellaris Clownfish (tank bread)
1 Sailfin/Algae Blenny

Along with this, i would like to have Blue/Green Reef Chromis. How many do you think i could have. Or, would you recommend having 1 Yellowtail Damselfish?

I also thought about maybe a Banded Coral Shrimp, but as a beginner to SW i dont think i could care for it.

One more thing, i have NO IDEA what or how many of CUC creatures i need......any thoughts?

MetalArm3

onefish2fish 01-01-2012 05:45 PM

metal,

the CUC should come first, that is, after your tank cycle and diatom bloom. i would then add a few different types of snails. nassarious, astrea, cerith, nerite, to name a few. a coral banded shrimp could work, but perhaps a more peaceful option would be a skunk cleaner shrimp.

2 clowns and a blenny sound like a good list IMO, and perhaps one chromi, do yourself the favor and skip buying any damsels. you have to remember after putting in about a pound of rock per gallon ( average ) your 29 gallon tank now has much less room inside.

MetalArm3 01-01-2012 06:42 PM

Ok, I planned on buying 30lbs live Rick and 40lbs live sand. Is 40lbs live sand enough to have a deep sand bed?

How many snails do you figure?

Would it be considered fully stock with the 2 clowns, 1 blenny, and 1 chromi? I was hoping for like 3 chromis (to school), so could I swap the chromi for 1 bicolor dotty back?

And just out of curiosity, do you think a newbie like me can easily care for a scarlet cleaner shrimp?

Sorry for all the questions, just want to do it right,
MetalArm3
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onefish2fish 01-01-2012 07:01 PM

every tanks footprint will vary, making it require different amounts of sand for a deep sand bed.

20-30 snails of different kinds sounds good to me.

your tanks to small for 3 chromis and even if it was large enough they would eventually pick eachother off until you were left with one anyways. i suggest a single chromi or the dotty back. not all your fish at once ofcourse.

the skunk cleaner will be out more in the open then the scarlet cleaner but yes, they arnt much harder then a fish to care for.

MetalArm3 01-01-2012 07:30 PM

My tank is a cube, so smaller footprint.

Ok, so I'll let tank cycle than add 20-30 cleaner snails. After that I will add the two clownfish and blenny. Than like two weeks later add the shrimp and dottiback. How does that sound?
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onefish2fish 01-02-2012 08:00 AM

tank cycle, then diatom bloom, then a mixture of snails ( say 10 astrea, 5 cerith, 5 nerite, 10 nassarious) then i would add the clown pair and wait a week or two, then the blenny and shrimp, wait a week or two, then the dotty back, wait a week or two and your tank should be pretty heavy stocked.
you can wait longer then a week or two between additions but thats the bare minimum. i suggest waiting longer, say a month to two between adding, but thats just me. its also strongly suggested to use a QT tank.

MetalArm3 01-02-2012 11:30 AM

Ok, I figured I would get my CUC pack here for 25gal.
Super Snail Combo - Various

I don't have a qt tank. That isn't a big deal is it? And, while I'm waiting to add fish in slowly, I can go coral crazy?
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Reefing Madness 01-02-2012 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by MetalArm3 (Post 937505)
Ok, I figured I would get my CUC pack here for 25gal.
Super Snail Combo - Various

I don't have a qt tank. That isn't a big deal is it? And, while I'm waiting to add fish in slowly, I can go coral crazy?
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QT not a big deal. And no, you can't go Coral crazy while waiting on adding fish. They need cleaner water than the fish do. They don't do well with parameter spikes.

MetalArm3 01-02-2012 01:07 PM

Ok, so I should wait like 2 months before adding corals?
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Reefing Madness 01-02-2012 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by MetalArm3 (Post 937637)
Ok, so I should wait like 2 months before adding corals?
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No, you can add some corals, but either add fish up front or add corals, but you should only add a few at a time in a new tank. They still expel detrious also. Then again, if your just adding small frags then you can add quite a few of those. Its the med to large corals that should be added slowly to a new tank.


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