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post #21 of 50 Old 11-20-2008, 03:54 PM
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ive noticed that most reefs dont have many fish, i was hoping to keep fish in the tank also...its a 115G tank, with a 30G refugium...after clowns, blue tangs, chromis, goby, flame angel, royal gramma. any issues with these ones?

I don't think its that they don't have fish at all in reef tanks, just that the population needs to be small. This is to help reduce the amount of food and waste being put in the tank, to help keep the water super-clean. Also, you gotta be careful because obviously many fish aren't reef-safe. They will either pick at your corals, or will at least try to eat your inverts :)

I think the fish you listed will be OK (what specific kind of blue tang? Blue hippo/regal tang, powder blue, etc)... if you really meant multiple tangs, try to introduce them to the tank at the same time. Otherwise, there might be aggression between them. What kind of Goby? I'm not sure about the reef-safeness of the flame angel (not saying they aren't reef safe, I just don't know off the top of my head).

Have you considered a Midas Blenny? Those guys are awesome, and are reef-safe

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post #22 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 12:05 AM
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it's not that they don't have many fish, it just depends on the reefkeeper and the skimmer. as long as you have one that can handle the bio-load and the fish can still swim with space, then it's really your choice.

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post #23 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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for the goby was thinking along the lines of a Firefish, and 2 hippo tangs, the midas blenny is a consideration too :)

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post #24 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 12:27 AM
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Love the fire fish, good choice. Remember to acclimate him through a quarintine tank so that it gets acclimated to you as well. otherwise you won't see it for about a month unless you're very blessed.

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post #25 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 12:33 AM
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dont put an even number of tangs. i say 1 or 3, this is so the aggresion is distributed among them.
do not forget to qaurentine the fish for a few weeks in a separate tank. this is so you greatly reduce what gets introduced in the display. esp. tangs, they seem to be ich magnets.
also the royal gramma is one of the LAST fish i would add.
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post #26 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 12:41 AM
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Hippo tangs are the acception to this rule. yes always always quarantine, but the hippo tangs are quite docile to one another. Now if you were getting a purple tang and yellow tang, or a yellow and a sailfin tang, or a nasso, and a powerder blue tang, then that's different, as they should always be added at the same time, but not over time.

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post #27 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 01:09 AM
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i didnt know that, ive actually heard something because of there different body shape but wasnt sure if it was true.
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post #28 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 01:36 AM
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Oh it's quite true. you can add a nasso, then a Purple/yellow tang, then a regal tank in 3mo incraments and be ok and you add a Purple Tang, and a Yellow Tang at the same time you'll be ok, but if you add a yellow/sailfin/purple Tang, they all have the same body shape, in 2 weeks time... the biggest will normally survive... You do have acceptions to this rule as every fish has its own personality, but that's what make this hobby so unique!

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post #29 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 01:55 AM
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ive seen a purple missing a quarter sized chunk from its tail, no joke.

a local reefer had aggression issues in his 265(?) or 200 something.
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post #30 of 50 Old 11-21-2008, 08:56 PM
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i'd believe it, and it was probably the purple tang that started the aggression.

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