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post #1 of 17 Old 04-11-2008, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ok here is the deal. i have a 125 Gal i plan to setup within the next few weeks. I have been reading alot about the hobby and i think i am ready to tackle it. I want a mixed reef is what i think it is called. A few corals and a few anenomies. Here is a list i have compiled of fish that i think may be suitable. Please, feel free to make any suggestions.


Royal Gramma Basslet - Gramma loreto - Medium (Puerto Rico)
Lawnmower Blenny - Salarias fasciatus - Small (Indonesia)
Yellow Stripe Maroon Clownfish- Premnas biaculeatus - Small (Indonesia)
False Ocellaris Clownfish- Amphiprion ocellaris - Small (Indonesia)
Firefish Goby - Nemateleotris magnifica - Medium (Philippines)
Antennata Lionfish - Pterois antennata - Medium (Tonga)
Dogface Puffer - Arothron nigropunctatus - Small (Philippines)
Blue Tang - Paracanthurus hepatus - Small (Indonesia)
Orange Diamond Goby - Valenciennea puellaris - Medium (Sri Lanka)

What would you guys add or remove from this list?
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-12-2008, 06:24 AM
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The DogFace Puffer and Blue Tang both reach a size which is not suited for a 125 gallon tank. You could make an argument about the Tang, but the Dogface especially would be problematic at best.

In a 125 gallon I would look at Tangs of the Zebrasoma genus. They are beneficial for the reef environment and stall much smaller, in comparison.
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-12-2008, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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ok the blenny is ok though and what other puffer could i get? that is one of my main things i reallly want
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post #4 of 17 Old 04-13-2008, 03:02 AM
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look into tobies. valentini puffer or blue dot tobies are just two i can think of.
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-13-2008, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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what about the other fish. do they seem ok?
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post #6 of 17 Old 04-13-2008, 04:18 PM
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I've read about royal basslets nipping at the fins of firefish because they are so similar in shape/size i guess they view them as another member of its species in its territory.

29g semi-reef 20g sump

2 chromis, 1 ywg, 1 peppermint shrimp, feather duster (species?)
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-13-2008, 05:44 PM
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also, you might pick one type of clown... hopefully someone else will confirm this for the two species you listed, but as far as I know you shouldn't mix two different species of clownfish together. If you want two clowns, go for a mated pair of the same species. Hope this helps!

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post #8 of 17 Old 04-13-2008, 05:54 PM
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+1. Maroon Clowns are more aggresive than most clowns. You can keep them together, but they get much larger than other clowns are can harass the others. You can put like Occleraris, Percula, Straddle (I think thats what they are called), naked, and other similar clowns together (as long as they are introduced at the same time). Tomato Clowns and Maroon Clowns can be the aggresive ones.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-13-2008, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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That is good to know. i dont want any aggressive fish. also, what about a stars and stripes puffer? those are kool.
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-14-2008, 05:13 PM
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you want to keep the larger puffers alone because :

A) they are aggressive and messy eaters
B) they have the tendency to nibble on everything to get a taste (lots of fin nipping)
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C) beucase of their messy eating thy leav lots of pieces of food in the water and because they usually eat most invertebrates you`ll have no clean up crew and so the nitrates go up. they require lots of gravel cleaning.

Also lion fish + puffer is usually a bad combo. I`ve heard many complain that their puffer has either nipped the lionfish, or bumped into their spikes.

Finally the lionfish may get large and begin eating all your smaller fish - the firefish , goby basslet , blenny and maybe even your clownfish may become food.

i think you should reread up on most of these and try make another list.
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