Originally Posted by Susan21
b) I plan on setting up a quarantine tank in the next week or so. Given the type of fish that will go in there (see list), what size tank would you recommend?
I would personally use a minimum of 20 gallon tank. In fact, when I stocked my 180 I used a 38 gallon Q-tank. You want your fish to be comfortable.
| c) I’d like to add a new fish every 2 or 3 months, so I have time to “get to know” each new fish (feeding habits, etc.) and just enjoy the new fish. At that rate, it will take 2 to 3 years to stock my tank, which is also good, since I’ll be more experienced by the time I add the later (more difficult) fish. However, my stocking plan is slower than most I’ve read about. Is there any downside to stocking the tank slowly? For example, will my existing fish be so big and well established in 2 to 3 years that they will give the later newcomers a much more difficult time? |
There is something to be said for this, but I wouldn't rush things just for these concerns. A good 4 week quarantine period will be very beneficial, and this fact alone will slow down your stocking speed.
Thanks in advance for any help. Below is my list, including the scientific names to avoid confusion:
| 3 Blue Green Chromis (Chromis viridis) |
1 Banggai Cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni)
I do not like either of these choices, especially with the remaining fish list. The Chromis will pick at each other, and probably are not a great choice. Although, they do make great dither fish at feeding time.
The Banggai will not be able to compete for food with these other fish. I strongly suspect that they will slowly shrink up and die over a period of months to a year.
I would add the Flame Hawk, followed by Fairy Wrasse next. Adding the Blue Tang this early in your stocking order could cause issues. I would prefer to see you add the Blue Tang, Kole Tang
, and Coral Beauty Angel
all at the same time, after "trusting" the tank with the addition of the Hawk and Wrasse. Yes, this poses quarantine issues, having to divide the fish or run multiple Q tanks, but I think it is well worth the effort. A 20 gallon long or 40 breeder can be easily divided with plenty of space.
Butterflyfish can be added at any time, but these are difficult fish compared to the others on your list. Even the Auriga is a step up in terms of difficulty. The Auriga is an "easy" butterfly, but I would give yourself some degree of experience before purchasing one. Also, be sure to check out the Profile on the Auriga for some identification help. There are other fish which are easily mistaken and mislabbed by the LFS. YOU need to know how to recognize the difference. Threadfin Butterfly (C. auriga) Profile
At this point, I would add the Queen Angel, follow by the Naso and Yellow Tangs as my last addition, again adding these 2 Tangs simultaneously. If you want success when stocking Tangs, it helps to add more than one at the same time.
One final note. If you want to have a miserable experience in this hobby, then purchase a Powder Blue Tang
. If you want to be successful and enjoy the tank, then avoid this fish at all costs, even if given to you for free. They are so far beyond difficult and disease prone that they should not even be considered. For most people, staying away from Acanthurus Tangs is a smart idea all together. As a replacement, I suggest a Foxface or Niger Trigger.