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post #1 of 15 Old 10-10-2011, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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I have just started my first FOWLR tank. It is a 29gal with 20lbs of liverock, live aragonite sand and two ocellaris clowns. the tank and rock has been set up for three weeks and cycled well, I just added the fish three days ago. They are eating and seem to be doing well

here are my questions:

1) My father-in-law gave me a bag of instant ocean salt that he had fifteen years ago. It is in the original bag, and has been wrapped in two walmart bags and kept in a closet all this time. Is this salt still ok to use?

2) I want to add other fish over time, I plan on adding a cleaning crew and a couple gobies. my LPS owner has said that I should wait a year before adding gobies. This seems extreme to me. How long do I need to wait?
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post #2 of 15 Old 10-10-2011, 10:18 PM
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1. Not sure??

2. A year does seem a bit extreme to me, but your tank needs to mature some before adding a goby. Some of them eat algae and some are sand sifters. What type were you thinking? BTW you really should already have some clean up crew. Are the clowns the only thing in there?

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-10-2011, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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yes the clowns are the only inhabitants at this time. I am waiting until the tank is more mature to add the cleaners as the tank is bare of algea and detritus at this time.
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post #4 of 15 Old 10-10-2011, 10:45 PM
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If you are feeding your clowns (I hope you are LOL!) then you have detritus. Their poo and uneaten food can easily foul the tank water in a smaller tank like yours, and a CUC would take care of that. I know some people don't like them but I like hermit crabs for detritus.

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post #5 of 15 Old 10-10-2011, 10:53 PM
Good question about the salt. Never had that one posed before, don't know how to answer that either.
Add your CUC, they will actually get on top of the stuff you can't see as of yet.
Add your Gobies. They are sand dwellers, they will eat Mysis Shrimp and such, and even get floating food.
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post #6 of 15 Old 10-10-2011, 11:08 PM
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Haha I was thinking about Blennies when I said algae. I need more sleep lol.
Yeah if you have clowns in there it should be good for Gobies.

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post #7 of 15 Old 10-11-2011, 12:57 AM
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Haha I was thinking about Blennies when I said algae. I need more sleep lol.
Yeah if you have clowns in there it should be good for Gobies.
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post #8 of 15 Old 10-11-2011, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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well i tested the water tonight and the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates all showed zeros. I did notice some brown algea growth on the live rock, as well as one small strand of a green algea. this is the first visible signs I have seen of them.
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post #9 of 15 Old 10-11-2011, 07:15 AM
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I have just started my first FOWLR tank. It is a 29gal with 20lbs of liverock, live aragonite sand and two ocellaris clowns. the tank and rock has been set up for three weeks and cycled well, I just added the fish three days ago. They are eating and seem to be doing well

here are my questions:

1) My father-in-law gave me a bag of instant ocean salt that he had fifteen years ago. It is in the original bag, and has been wrapped in two walmart bags and kept in a closet all this time. Is this salt still ok to use?

2) I want to add other fish over time, I plan on adding a cleaning crew and a couple gobies. my LPS owner has said that I should wait a year before adding gobies. This seems extreme to me. How long do I need to wait?
I personally spoke to the Instant Ocean folks a couple years back with this question. They suggested that I not use the outdated salt, due to buffering additives having a life shelf.

Your goby question can not be answered yet. It depends entirely on what type of goby you are looking to buy. What are you interested in?
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post #10 of 15 Old 10-11-2011, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Well I like the yellow watchman goby but I am still open to other options as well
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