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  1. bean2986

    bean2986 Well-Known Member CTARS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Ok...final list I think... let me know if you foresee any issues please! Going to start buying this week.

    Existing stock in 65 to be put in 180:
    Ocellaris clown x1
    Royal Gramma x1
    Pink Streaked Wrasse x1
    Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse x1
    Firefish x1

    Want to add to existing stock in 180:
    Midas Blenny x1
    H. Claudia x1
    Melanarus Wrasse x1
    Chevron tang x1
    Scopas tang x1
    Hippo tang x1
    Blue green chromis x1-3
    Lyretail anthias females x5
    White banded Possum Wrasse x1
    Scissor tail Dartfish x3


    Big maybe- guessing no based on competition:
    1x Mandarin Dragonet

    Thanks!
     

  2. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018

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    Once the tank has been established for a yeat or more, it should be able to support the mandarin, even with the wrasses in there.

    Everything else should be fine.
     
  3. ihavecrabs

    ihavecrabs Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Updated Stocking List/Wish List

    60" x 30" x 20" (20" tall)

    • Watchman Goby + Tiger Shrimp pair
    • Second Watchman goby (much smaller, hoping for a pair)
    • Blue Tang
    • Yellow Eye Kole Tang or Square Tail Bristletooth Tang
    • Midas Blenny
    • Leopard Wrasse Pair
    • Clownfish pair
    • Blue/Green Chromis (large number added after tank establishes)
    48" x 24" x 12" (Frag Tank)
    • Yellow Eye Kole Tang or Square Tail Bristletooth Tang
    • Sixline Wrasse

    Thoughts?
     
  4. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018

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    Both stocklists should be fine.
     
  5. AzReefn

    AzReefn Well-Known Member

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    Stocking wish list

    Tank: 48x18x24


    I currently have:
    2-Clarkii clowns
    1-marbled sea star

    This is my list as of now but may change over time. I have them in the order "I" think they should go in but please correct me as I'm sure I'm wrong. Also is this too many fish for a 90g? I don't have my skimmer yet but I'll be getting one "rated" for around 300g (at least) and I only have approx 60-65lbs of rock. I purposely left ample room for the fish to swim.

    • Clownfish x2 (already in)
    • Diamond Watchman Goby/shrimp pair
    • Chalk Bass x3
    • Bicolor Dottyback x2
    • Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse x3
    • Green Mandarin Goby x1
    • Blue Sapphire Damselfish x1
    • Kole yellow eye Tang x1

    Ok reefing pros please take the new kid to school :D
     
  6. eatbreakfast

    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018

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    Bi color dottyback should go in last, and only get 1, 2 will fight and you will end up with just 1.

    Don't get 3 of the same species of flasher wrasse. Females tend to turn into males and males of the same species will fight in a 90. Rather get 1 specimen of 3 different species.

    Wait to add the mandarin until the tank is up and running for at least 6months, preferably a year.
     
  7. MLE

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    My tank has been set up for about a year and a half. I have a 29 Gallon biocube with a 10-15ish gallon sump and a Reef Octopus Classic skimmer rated for 100 gallons. I currently have 2 clownfish, a tuxedo urchin, 1 hermit crab, and a handful of snails. I'm thinking of adding a bangaii cardinalfish. Could I get away with 2 bangaiis? Is it better to just get one just in case the two aren't bonded?
     
  8. eatbreakfast

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    If you can get a bonded pr great, if not just get one.
     
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    Can I safely add a Sunburst Anthia to my 135g with a Borbonius Anthia?
     
  10. eatbreakfast

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    Should be fine.
     
  11. Lucky2ndChance

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    We're setting up a 350 gallon FOWLR and these are the fish we'd like to stock:

    Zebra Moray Eel
    Pinkface Wrasse
    Paddlefin Wrasse
    Bluehead Wrasse
    Goldbar Wrasse
    Guinea Fowl Puffer
    Porcupine Puffer
    Stars and Stripes Puffer
    Blue Girdled Angel
    Blue Tang
    Humu Picasso Trigger

    Will these fish all work together? If so, in what order should I introduce them? The wrasses should all be introduced at one time, right? And the three puffers should also go in at once?

    Thanks so much in advance for any help!
     
  12. Bigfish of La.

    Bigfish of La. Active Member

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    I currently have a 29G biocube with a yellow tail damsel, pajama cardinal, 2 clowns and a molly miller blenny and want to transfer them to the 80 reef ready tank once it is set up.
    I will have live rock, sand, 30G sump, and skimmer with radions

    my wish list follows:
    midas blenny
    purple fire fish
    red head salon wrasse
    mccoskers wrasse
    yellow wrasse
    red mandarin will go in later

    if this list is not a good selection, please advise some colorful and interesting fish.

    Thanks Gary
     
  13. eatbreakfast

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    Everyone is fairly aggressive, so order won't matter too much.

    Adfing the wrasses simultaneously with each other and the same for the puffers is a good strategy.
    This stocklist should work well.
     
  14. Lucky2ndChance

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    Perfect! Thank you so much!
     
  15. AzReefn

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    Thanks for the info!
    So the list has changed already lol.
    I got 3 Bangaii Cardinals and all are doing fine but one seems to hangout on his own. Would this mean the other two together are a mated pair? Should I return the third, get one more that may pair with it, or will the one on his own be ok? I got three cause my LFS had 3 for $25.

    I have already seeded my Chaeto with cocopods. I have a par 30 5000k led on my chaeto as well. I already see a bunch of pods all over especially on the glass but, I'll definitely wait for the Mandarin, I don't want him to starve.
     
  16. eatbreakfast

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    Remove the 3rd bangaii. He wilp be killed if you leave him. Don't add another, as both will be killed by the pr.
     
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    Ok, thanks!
     
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    Thanks so much.
     
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    Good advice to date.
    Five fun fish since April all going great.

    All parameters are fine, I want to find out what you guys think. I believe my tank can handle some more fish, I am not having any issue regarding parameters. No harassments really, The Cherub Angel may get a nip from the clowns at times.

    I know at this point it is difficult to add fish, I really like the interactions of the pair of clowns. From reading I believe all the other fish can also live in pairs.

    What issues could arise if adding a small Flamehawk, Cherub and Starry Blenny introducing them to the tank all together. To many fish ? it seems like it would be difficult for the flame hawk to abuse all of them before getting comfortable. He was on the Cherub for a few days when introduced. Now all is fine. I think with all at once he would be quite confused as to who is new and who is not, in addition he may be interested in meeting up with the new flame hawk.

    I did not plan on adding more than 6 fish however I believe that if parameters are in check and fish are leaving peacefully this really seems like it would be nice unless of course spawning would make uneasy inhabitants.

    I have not taken any actions I am just asking questions to understand downfalls that could occur.


    45 gallon tank... cube tank mature coral and frags plenty of rock work.

    2 ocy clowns
    Dwarf Angel Cherub
    Flame hawk
    Starry Blenny
     
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  20. eatbreakfast

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    I don't think trying to add conspecifics to established fish is a good idea, especially in a tank as small as 45g.

    When trying to pair most fish, it is best to add members of the same species simultaneously. Otherwise established fish often harass new conspecifics too much.
     
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