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gonephishin' 10-30-2007 09:23 AM

40G newbie, any advice appreciated
I started my 40 gallon tank (20x20cube) about 3 months ago and everything seems to be going ok. I do water changes about 2x a month. I don't have a skimmer but have a filter for a 100 gallon tank.

latest water test:
Constant temp of 78 degrees
salinity of 1.025
PH of 8.4
Ammonia 0
nitrite 0
nitrate 20

the tank is stocked with the following:
live sand
14lbs of live rock
1 percula clown
1 maroon clown
1- sandsifting goby
1 bubbletip anemone
1 flame scallop
1-cleaner shrimp
1-peppermint shrimp
2-gray/brown hermit crabs
2-red legged hermit crabs
1 torch coral
1 small xenia
1-brown polyp coral

lights are 2-40w

want to make sure that i don't overstock (as that seems easy to do)
thanks in advice for your advice and recommendations

Rogergolf66 11-02-2007 04:25 PM

It sounds like you are doing Ok. You can't overstock corals. Your fish load as of now seems fine. I wouldn't go crazy adding much more. maybe another small fish like a clown gobie or so, but I would look into a protein skimmer.

what is your other filter that is rated for 100 gal a bio wheel?

If not I would try to pick up acouple more peices of live rock when you have some extra cash.

Also the flame scallop will not last long they have a very short life span.

you have 2 40W lights what are they? Power compacts?


gonephishin' 11-03-2007 11:05 AM

Rogergolf66- thanks for the reply
as for the flame scallop, how short of a life span are you talking about, a year or months, should i take it out now before it dies?

the lights are Current-DualSatellite-
4 lamps in 2
Dual Daylight, (6,700K/10,000K) & Dual Actinic (420nm/460nm)
are these sufficient for soft coral and hard corals?

I don't remember the name of the filter, but it is not a biowheel. I plan on getting a skimmer, have you had any experience with the remora hang on skimmer?

I wanted to add a few more shrimp too, would it be advised to add one or two more cleaner shrimp

thanks again for your help

Rogergolf66 11-03-2007 02:37 PM

Well the life span of the scallops are only like 9 month or less from what I have read.

I looked up the lights you are talking about. Well it is def. not enough for hard corals. As far as softies well some you should be fine with others that need more light I would stay away from.

Well I personally have found some cheep skimmers that did pull some good skimm, but I had to tune then every day. the more exspensive ones work great once you get them set up onec. I am have not use the one you were asking about. I would do some reasurch and then check and see if you can find it used. If you are on a budjet.

I wouldn't add more then 2 cleaner shrimp into that small of a tank. I only have one cleaner in my system and it is 5X what you are running. That said they should get along just fine if you did. I would add a coral bannded shrimp if you don't have one yet. Pepperments are fine also.

Hope this helps.


caferacermike 11-03-2007 04:00 PM

Every coral banded I've seen tends to shred any other inverts. I've heard of a few good ones but I would never risk it.

Rogergolf66 11-03-2007 04:25 PM

really I have mine in with pepperments and cleaner shrimp for years with no problems. I know you can't have 2 coral banded shrimp in the same tank.

I know you can't have a pistol shrimp with a cleaner shrimp.


SeaSerpant 12-15-2007 06:37 PM

Have any pictures. I'd love to see one :D

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