03-09-2009, 04:31 PM
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While my cycle is going on, I'm trying to make a stocking plan.
Since the boredom is killing me while my tank cycles, I've been trying to put together a tentative list for stocking it when the time comes. This is a 75g FOWLR. I'm considering adding a 30g sump, but for sake of discussion let's say I won't. I have heat, light and powerheads running. By the time any fish come home, adequate skimming will be in place.
Do any of you experienced folk see any issues with these? I am aware that they need to be stocked slowly as the tank matures, but I'd also be interested in opinions as to what order they should come in.
This list is what I like and think MIGHT be good candidates, but I'm open to suggestions.
1. I know I'll get a pair of Ocellaris Clownfish.
2. One dwarf angel... thinking either Coral Beauty or Eibli Angelfish.
3. One Banggai Cardinalfish
4. One Yellow Tang
5. Maybe a Royal Gramma?
I'm always open to suggestions.
03-09-2009, 04:48 PM
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how much live rock and sand?
that looks like a good list to me. it is great you are pre-planning while the tank cycles. this is also a good time for more reading and saving money.
would do. wait out the cycle, you'll see a diatom bloom. slowly add a mixture of snails (since you have no snail eating fish) remember, inverts are sensitive to water params so make sure they're right.
i would wait another week or two and would then add the clowns, both at the same time OR the bangaii but please make sure it is NOT
wild caught. infact if the fish store doesnt know, shop else where because they should be fully aware. these fish are hitting being endangered (if they arnt there already, they were on the warning list)
you could add the 2 clowns and the bangaii at the same time. then i would wait atleast a month and add the RG. then i would wait atleast another month or two and add both the angel and the yellow at the same time.
as im sure you've either read or been told, slow and steady wins the race. this cannot be stressed enough along with doing as much research as your brain can possibly handle ... and then doing more. It takes months to years to fully stock a tank, properly. Looking forward to seeing more on your setup
i strongly suggest using a QT for atleast a month
before introducing livestock. this allows you to observe health and eating patterns prior to adding fish. it allows prevents the introduction of disease to your tank.
03-09-2009, 11:03 PM
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live rock sure isnt cheap but if you look in your area for a local reefing club members usually are breaking down tanks selling pieces cheap, along with other equipment. chances are, adding additional rock will give another mini cycle due the the die off of the rock.
sounds like your doing well so far. porus rock with the most surface area is best.
bangaiis should be black and white, im not exactly sure what you are describing but it may be the pajama cardinal?
power filters, canister filters, hang on back filters, sponges, and the sort all trap detritus and debris causing a build up in excess nutrients. i wouldnt run carbon while the tank cycled. carbon removes in-organics from the water so it is a good thing. generally i feel it has better use in a reef setup where corals release toxins which the carbon helps remove but in FOWLR it will only benefit. there are even some fish that can release posion in the water like the soap fish.
the filtration in a saltwater tank should consist of enough live rock with good flow and a quality protien skimmer in tandem with routine water changes at the bare minimum. you can also use deep sand beds, sumps for increased water volume (solution to pollution is dilution) refugiums with macro aglaes, carbon reactors, phosphate reactors . . .
03-10-2009, 06:33 PM
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Wow. Great great advice on this thread. OF2F... your suggestion for stocking order and time line is EXACTLY what I was planning to suggest, after reading the original question.
Agreed 100% verbatim. I would also strongly suggest the addition of a UV Sterilizer on this aquarium. Dollar for dollar, you can't beat the value.
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