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post #1 of 13 Old 03-29-2012, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Choosing the right fish for a reef

I'm not planing on adding any fish to my tank for at-least 6 to 8 months , after my tank is finished cycling aprox 3/4 more weeks
, I plan on adding in the CUC consists of 15 red leg and 15 blue leg hermit crabs 10 turbo snails they will be added in small intervals not to overload the cycle , I also want to establish my reef with lots of coral , anemones and plant life before I introduce fish (I am still researching on what corals are best to start with) will add the tougher ones later on

OK now for the fish
From my research I found these to be reef safe and also get along with one another ,


1 Royal Gramma Basslet
2 Bangaii cardinal
1 Magenta Pseudochromis
2 Clown fish
2 Pajama Cardinal
1 Orange Back Basslet
1 Blue Hippo Tang as the center piece

all the fish average between 2 to 3 inch except for the tang 6 to 8 inch max

Do you think this is too over crowded for a 37 gal bow front 40 pounds of assorted live rock the rest of my tank stats are below in my signature


just want to do this right the first time
I am putting together a plan / blueprint so everything goes as smooth as it can with no issues also to help me put a budget aside for this beautiful aqua-scape and adventure ,

Thanks for all your help and input , any and all info that will help this go smooth please pass it along
if you see any snags with my plans please let me know so I can correct them before I get to that stage .
rather fix blue print of any bugs now since its easier to fix on paper than it would be after its done.
Thanks again
John

37 gal bow front (saltwater)
octopus 150 skimmer
external penguin bio wheel 150 packed with cheato
ETH 200 watt inline heater
3 power heads 500gph
in line UV sterilizer

30 gal (brackish)
bio filter
under-gravel 2 power-heads 250gph

30 gal hex (freshwater)
bio filter
under gravel 2 power heads 170gph

Who ever said keeping fish was easy should have there head examined
It's more like a full time job !!!!

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-29-2012, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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after a little thinking I'm starting to rule out the tang just a little to big , still have plenty of time to decide what needs to go and what stays , this is the most fun all the decisions

37 gal bow front (saltwater)
octopus 150 skimmer
external penguin bio wheel 150 packed with cheato
ETH 200 watt inline heater
3 power heads 500gph
in line UV sterilizer

30 gal (brackish)
bio filter
under-gravel 2 power-heads 250gph

30 gal hex (freshwater)
bio filter
under gravel 2 power heads 170gph

Who ever said keeping fish was easy should have there head examined
It's more like a full time job !!!!
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post #3 of 13 Old 03-30-2012, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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rock put in over a week ago
then more rock I added today ready for the cycle to take off
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37 gal bow front (saltwater)
octopus 150 skimmer
external penguin bio wheel 150 packed with cheato
ETH 200 watt inline heater
3 power heads 500gph
in line UV sterilizer

30 gal (brackish)
bio filter
under-gravel 2 power-heads 250gph

30 gal hex (freshwater)
bio filter
under gravel 2 power heads 170gph

Who ever said keeping fish was easy should have there head examined
It's more like a full time job !!!!
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post #4 of 13 Old 03-31-2012, 11:12 AM
Everything on that list os a go with one exception, the Hippo Tang should not be placed in there.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-03-2012, 06:56 AM
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Everything on that list os a go with one exception, the Hippo Tang should not be placed in there.

that a fact that tank will be way to samll for a regal/hippo tank
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post #6 of 13 Old 05-05-2012, 08:35 PM
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When I had a saltwater setup I had hermit crabs and turbo snails together and the hermit crabs would take any opportunity to catch a snail on the bottom and eat it.
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-10-2012, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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so far haven't had issues with hermits attacking snails just themselves ,
find crab legs everyday ,(to bad they weren't the kind to eat)the scarlet's are mean little buggers even rip out the plant life I added and rip it to shreds, about to pull hermits out and trade in for more snails ,

37 gal bow front (saltwater)
octopus 150 skimmer
external penguin bio wheel 150 packed with cheato
ETH 200 watt inline heater
3 power heads 500gph
in line UV sterilizer

30 gal (brackish)
bio filter
under-gravel 2 power-heads 250gph

30 gal hex (freshwater)
bio filter
under gravel 2 power heads 170gph

Who ever said keeping fish was easy should have there head examined
It's more like a full time job !!!!
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-08-2012, 11:41 AM
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Ok everything sounds good but the hippo tang... I'm not completely ruling it out because seeing that it will be the only really " big fish" I thing it might work for a little while but I would recommend getting him when the tank is well established and all of your water perimeters are suck where you want them you will have to get rid of him sooner than later and remember the stress that the fish will have if there's not enough swimming room I would take some of the rock out just to give him some more room.also I would take him out or upgrade when he gets to be no more than 5"
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-08-2012, 11:16 PM
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Do not purchase a fish on the pretense of "I will take him back when he outgrows the tank" or "I'll be upgrading soon or later" Simply doesnt work like that.

If you have the money to upgrade, go for a big tank straight away. The tang as mentioned by the very experienced Reefing Madness is a NO for your tank. He knows what he is talking about when it comes to Tangs (check his 240g Tang tank out). It will simply outgrow the tank and is NOT suitable in anyway at all for it.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Do not purchase a fish on the pretense of "I will take him back when he outgrows the tank" or "I'll be upgrading soon or later" Simply doesnt work like that.

If you have the money to upgrade, go for a big tank straight away. The tang as mentioned is a NO for your tank. It will simply outgrow the tank and is NOT suitable in anyway at all for it.
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