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post #11 of 23 Old 09-18-2012, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
The nassarius snails are great. I have two and they are doing a great job cleaning up my substrate. They dig around like crazy. Thanks for the info on the fishes!
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post #12 of 23 Old 09-18-2012, 11:12 AM
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Theres a thread somewhere that shows a good guideline on how to stock a tank. It's basically like this: for every 15 gallons of water, you can have 2 members of group A fish and 1 species of group B fish. Group A are the fish that generally stay close to/in the rock (basslets, gobies, dottybacks, jawfish, etc.) Group B are fish that swim more and like some open water space (clowns, dwarf angels, chromis, cardinalfish, anthias, blennies, wrasse, etc.)

I have a 57 gallon and I plan to stock it something like this:

Group A-
Yellow Watchman Goby 1
Royal Gramma Basslet 1
Manderin Dragonet 1
some sort of Dottyback 1

Group B-
O. Clowns 2
Blue/Green Reef Chromis 3ish
Flame Hawkfish 1
Powder Blue Tang 1 (this I obviously wouldn't advise unless your LFS assures you that you can trade it in once it gets too big for the tank)

Again, this is just what I've come up with on paper, not necessarily what I will end up with, but it can give you an idea.
Marine fish compatability, creating a stocking list

I think this is the list she is referring to.

And I would never add a fish to a tank that you don't plan to make its permanent home. Even from day one a tank that is too small for a fish can be detrimental to its health.



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post #13 of 23 Old 09-19-2012, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
I added my two clowns and Royal Gramma today. The Gramma was pretty worked up and took him about half an hour to come into it after the ride home and acclimation and stuff. He eventually found a rock he likes and settled in. The clowns seemed to be alright with the whole process. However they are up swimming all around in the tank seemingly restless. I guess this coups be attributed to being netted and then transported and such. Just seems odd at night though. They all ate this evening. I just fed a few little mysis shrimp to see if they were interested.
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The clowns seemed to be alright with the whole process. However they are up swimming all around in the tank seemingly restless. I guess this coups be attributed to being netted and then transported and such. Just seems odd at night though.
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Hence why they get the name clownfish, mine do it all the time and in fact most clowns do it.
Mine spent 20 mins when I was watching the tv before just darting around my powerhead in what seemed to be a game of "you lose if you get hit by the 750gph current"

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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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post #15 of 23 Old 09-19-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
Haha...funny you mention that because my power head is their main focal point. I had no idea they were that active. Fun to watch!
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post #16 of 23 Old 09-19-2012, 12:47 AM
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mine spend all the time near one of my powerheads although they have just been made homeless as my mexican turbo snail has decided it likes it and wants the corner of the tank where it is.

Am going to try and get them to host my anemone even though it might be too small yet, they have been getting closer to it recently.

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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post #17 of 23 Old 09-19-2012, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
That's sweet! I'm going to try and master the fish and a few easy soft corals first but I would love to have an anemone for them to host in. how would you go about encouraging them to host in it? Or does it just happen?
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post #18 of 23 Old 09-19-2012, 08:02 AM
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They might do it themselves or you can actually stick a picture of clownfish in an anemone onto the outside of the tank and this has been known to make them host.

My anemone is quite small though, so they may not host as it doesnt offer much "protection" for them.

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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post #19 of 23 Old 09-19-2012, 10:24 AM
Ya gotta watch that. If the Nem is to small the fish can actually beat the crap out of it. Wai til you see them boucing in and out of it.
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post #20 of 23 Old 09-19-2012, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
If you don't mind me asking what do you feed your clowns? mine will take mysis shrimp pretty readily but the grab a bit of a flake and spit it out.
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