07-21-2009, 12:19 AM
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i wouldnt do more then 2 clowns of the same species in the same tank. what butterfly fish? the fish questions depend on your tank size, so i think its best to decide on a tank within your budget first then have your next step be your stocking plans. keep in mind the tank will prob. be one of the cheaper purchases as a qaulity skimmer and enough live rock is your filtration so these shouldnt be skipped.
i personally dont like crabs as they will get whatever they can get ahold of and if it appears like they are doing good just give it time and you'll see lol. even hermit crabs IMO arnt any better as they tend to rip snails from shells just to find out they dont like that shell. the starfish is going to depend on which kind(s) and a mature, established tank is best ( for any invert )
which brings me to the next thing, anemones, which are also inverts so unless you have an established, properly setup tank i strongly suggest not getting one. if your only reason for wanting an anemone is for the clownfish this isnt the right reason for doing so. clowns are clowns and will host anything they feel safe/comfortable in which not always is the anemone anyways. ive seen clowns hosting powerheads,corals, live rock, the side of the tank .. just about anything.
i see corals, which now means the tank is going to need lights which is another expensive piece of equipment. the species of corals which you can keep will depend on your lighting you get. butterfly fish and corals can be an issue and some species of butterfly are for sure harder to keep then others. even the flame angel can be a problem in a reef, however this is prob. the best choice of any of the angels for a reef enviroment. infact out of any of them i personally would only introduce a flame but there are a few others that are similiar reef safe wise. the number of fire fish is also going to depend on tank size, 1 or 2 (introduced at the same time) is prob. your best bet, keep in mind these guys are known jumpers.
as for clean up crew, a mag float algae scraper, some kind of hand held razor and if you wish aqua gloves along with that a mixture of different snails is prob. going to be the best for a clean up crew (CUC)
can you please post more information on what size tank you wish to setup within your budget, what lighting you wish to get, skimmer/filtration/sump and anything and everything else you can include. this will be your first marine setup?
well, for the yellow tang to answer your original question i wouldnt put it in anything smaller then a 75 gallon tank, better yet a 100. i wouldnt add any species of tang to a tank of smaller size. if a tank of this size is out of the question just let me know and ill help you in picking a stock list.
Last edited by onefish2fish; 07-21-2009 at 12:22 AM..