This is my first post to the Forum. I just inherited a 55 gallon, corner, saltwater aquarium. Right now the tank is fish only with live rock, but Iím interested in learning about my options. This is a very well seasoned tank with green and red algae growing on the rocks and glass. Iíve arranged the rocks to provide many places for fish to hide (complete caves and pass through tunnels). The temp is set to 77 degrees and fluctuates between 77.5-77.8. The remaining 10/15 gallons were made fresh.
The previous owner fed the tank brine shrimp, but the local pet store said to feed them Mysis shrimp. About 25/30 gallons from the previous owner was transferred to my take. What do you recommend?
The current live contents are as follows: ∑
Pair of clowns ∑
Pair of PJ cardinals ∑
Green spotted mandarin fish ∑
1 fire shrimp ∑
2 chocolate ship starfish ∑
3-5 small hermit crabs
I would love to add an anemone for the clowns, but I understand anemones would change the dynamic of the tank dramatically. Also, Iíve been informed the starfish may eat any live corals and/or anemone that I introduce. What impact would the anemones have on this tank as is? What anemone would I want to add (hardy and good beginner anemone).
Likewise, what would be good fish to introduce? I would like to add as much color as possible. My first thoughts were yellow tangs, angels, and blue hippo tangs, but it appears 55 gal is going to be too small for those species.
After 2 days of research, I think I would like to add the following: ∑1 dwarf flame angel ~ Centropyge loricula o
OR 1 pygmy angel (aka cherub angel) ~ Centropyge argi ∑
3 Banggai cardinals (2 or 3?) ∑
1 or 2 Scooter bleenys ∑
Small school of Blue/Green Chromis (how many ?) ∑
Something yellow (maybe Blackmouth Bicolor Chromis or Yellow Clown Goby) ∑
Something red ~ what is not flame angel? ∑
Something blue ~ what if not pygmy angel Ö damsel?
I want everything to live peacefully, and I donít want to have too many fish either. A friend said damsels arenít bad additions, but they are agressive. What is the maximum number of fish I could have in this tank? Iím willing to sell the PJ Cardinals and starfish if I could have better fish or more options. Iíd like to be able to feed everyone the same food (brine or mysis) or maybe 2 different foods if need be.
Is there anything else I should be doing?
Thanks in advance for your help!!!