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Discussion Starter #22
Here's a list of some possible fish for now:

-Ocellaris Clownfish
-Firefish
-Some Kind of Blenny or Goby
-Maybe Some Kind of Wrasse
- Chromis or Damsel

I'm not saying all of these in the tank, but thats a list of options. Anyone suggest avoiding certain combos of these fish? or a specific species of these in general? Also, about how many fish could I fit in the tank? Is somewhere around 5-6 the right number?

As for the CUC and other corals, not sure yet, still looking into those.
 

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I say 5-6 is a good number! I am going with about 4 in my tank and its 45 gallons. Damsels can be territorial (from what I have heard). I was persuaded into getting a yellow watchman goby along with a pistol shrimp. The relationship they have is really cool, and it looks like it will be interesting to watch. Clownfish are great and have lots of personality. Someone else on here has a nice looking wrasse. You could also check out a royal gramma; I love their color. Persoally, if I had a 90 gallon I would get a yellow Tang..... I hate that my tank is to small for one! You have a lot of options.
 

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wrasse and firefish like to jump so be sure to have a canopy or cover.i dont suggest a glass lid as it reduces light penetration and gas exchange.
i would personally skip the damsel completely, and if going with a royal gramma make it one of the last additions. same thing with any of the tangs.

a CUC is VERY important and should be in the tank prior to fish. after your diatom bloom is a good time to start slowly adding a few different vierities of snails and as your tank grows and matures increase the number of snails.

there is no "right number" of fish when it comes to a saltwater tank. personally i strongly believe in understocked tanks then overstocked ones. it is also a good idea to make a list of ALL the fish you would like to then shrink that list down to something more reasonable. this way you can plan what fish gets added first, who gets added at the same time with something else, whos getting added last and so forth.
 

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Yeah, decided no on the damsels. They are cool, but I may do one or two in a nano tank down the road.

Still unsure on the fish other than 1 or two clowns, my dad is liking the green chromis a lot, so a few of those maybe.. picture time!

First one is of the tank with the newly stacked LR. Plan on getting more to stack the one on the left higher. Also got scrubbed some for the curing proccess.



Is that green algae? or just part of the LR?


LR close up, showing some of the colors and the caves/wholes to hide in.

Water parameters:

76-78 degrees
Specific Gravity: 1.0215
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
 

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Just some water param updates and a question...

Spec Grav - 1.022
Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates 25-30ppm

My question: Why am I getting a nitrate reading before I have gotten any nitrite or ammonia reading? Is this normal? Also, I am curing my LR in the tank if thats any help.

Thanks!
 

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I am getting some small spots like that on the base rock I put in my tank. I think my live rock is starting to spread, or some algae is starting to show :)
 

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Here's some new pics after getting about another 15 lbs of LR. Also got a snail in this batch :)

Not sure what kind, but yeah.. got a black shell about 1/2" long, about 1/4" across, not coned shape.. get a better pic when hes not trying to hide.






And a pic of the snail,
 

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one snail is far from enough for this tank. after seeing a diatom bloom is when i suggest adding a few different kinds of snails and as your tank matures, increase these numbers.

your going to want another hydor for the other side of the tank. two #3s or #4s would prob. be great. i also personally take the flow director off the tip of them too, for a wider flow. really it comes down to having little to no dead spots without creating a sandstorm.
 

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Yeah, I like him tho haha... hes a trooper. I'm waiting for that to come around. I'm thinking about 25 or 30 ish?? or should i get more than that?

And another? ok, ill look into it, and hmm never thot of that, ill take this one off, see what its like. Thanks!
 

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Just an update.. been a while.

No new pics yet, nothings changed except for a new powerhead on the right side of the tank.

Bout 3 weeks into the cycle. Haven't added anything to help cycle other than the LR. Picking up some shrimp (raw) tonight.

Ammonia .15 ppm (ish)
Nitrites 0 ppm
Nitrates 25-30 ppm
Spec Grav 1.024
 

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Ok, so its been about 5 weeks now. Ammonia was just about to 0 if not zero. (difficult to read at times). Nitrites, and nitrates i havent tested for yet. Looking at the LR this morning, I noticed a light brown/tan tint to it. Am I right in assuming this could be my diatom bloom? Ill test the nitrites/ates tonight and post the results.
 

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Soo.. been way long since I have updated. Been busy. Anyways.. here's the update.. with pictures. :)

At the moment, water parameters:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 10-15 ppm
Hardness: 8dkh
Calcium: 400 ppm
Salinity : 1.022

Doing a water change tomorrow evening to bring down the nitrites. That high because my mom was taking tests, and was doing a simple mistake, so water we were using water with about 40 ppm =/

Problem solved now finally. Went out and bought an RO system.

Water Parameters of the water waiting to be changed:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 0 ppm
Hardness: 8 dkh
Calcium: 400 ppm
Salinity: 1.022

Pictures!!


FTS




Hairy Mushroom


Kenya Tree


Whats the coral in the second pic?

Total livestock list:
(1) Coral Beauty
(1) Maroon Clown
(3) Chromis
(15) Scarlet Hermits
(50) Dwarf Red Tip Hermits
(20) Tubo Snails
(1) Frogspawn
(2) Kenya Tree
(1) Green Candy Cane
(3) Types of Mushrooms
(1) Unknown

Future Fish List:
Another Coral Beauty
Perhaps A yellow tang, and then a pair of wrasse of some kind, or some Royal Grammas.



Enjoy!
 

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The tank is looking nice. I always enjoy a tank at this phase. Every new coral and fish is something to look forward to! And the changes in the tank are so fast, it seems like you can actually watch the corals grow.

As always, a couple of things hit me when looking at the pictures. You've probably already thought of these things, but I'll throw them out there anyhow.

First, I'm not certain that adding another Coral Beauty Angel to that tank is a good idea. I've never tried this personally, so I can't speak to it, but my gut tells me this could be an issue.

Then, assuming you do get away with 2 CB Angels in the same tank, I wonder how the aggression is going to play out when you add the Tang. I have always found that Zebrasoma Tangs and Centropyge Angelfish have a difficult time together, probably because they are competitors in nature for the same food source.

I also notice a lack of coraline algae growth, which is a bit unusual for a tank at this stage in its evolution. This is probably a direct result of the 8dkh alkalinity and 400ppm calcium readings. I would typically add a buffer and a calcium chloride supplement to my tank at this point. Generally, for best coraline growth, you would want to keep these reading on the higher end of the recommended range. Coraline growth is important because it inhibits the growth of cynobacteria and problem algaes, and provides the ideal conditions for corals to spread.
 

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Yeah, just like you said, everything is new, and still something awesome to look forward too.

And funny you mention it, the fish I threw out were just ideas. Started looking into last night, doing my research before making bad decisions. =)

And the issue of the two CB's came up in what I read. The tang issue however, hadn't discovered yet. Will look into that some more, most likely will change it up some.

I was hoping you or someone else would let me know with the calcium situation. I started looking up some readings on the relationship with Alkalinity, ph and calcium, but that was last night when I had 80 pages for Engineering Materials to read. I'll stick with the buffers you recommended in the thread about my clown.
 

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More was added to the family two nights ago =)

3 fish and 4 coral. At college atm. Pics later tonight or tomorrow.

Fish:
(1) Christmas Wrasse
(1) Hi-Fin Red Banded Goby
(1) Unknown Wrasse (its a red to blue fade, head is a bright redish, and the tail is blue) --> will need ID with pic.

Coral:
(1) Neon Green Disk coral
(2) Candy Cane (green center, blue outside)
(1) Mushroom
And a rock with some Colony polyps of some kind, also a coral that looks like a tree branch when contracted, will need ID too

Question right quick, should I target feed the disk coral? or is it ok?
 
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