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  1. 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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    For just starting out, I would recommend keeping it at just the clowns and the cleaner shrimp. Once your skills are honed you can consider adding another fish.
     
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    Thanks. I'm not an entire newbie, I've had freshwater for years now. I would definitely add fish slowly, and still neither of those options would do well in the 20?
     
  3. eatbreakfast

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    Saltwater has a narrower margin for error than freshwater. A 20g may be able to house another one, but gain experience, and once you have then consider a fish.
     
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    Thank you. I will start with clowns and shrimp and after I have a routine down, I'll come back for the next step (upgrade then 1 more fish or 1 more fish then upgrade).
     
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    Let me hear opinions on this. 4x2x2 tank, minimal rockwork (about 45 pounds of rock currently and will add a little bit more later on)
    1 Banggai Cardinalfish
    2 Ocellaris Clowns
    1 Starry Blenny
    1 Diamond Watchman Goby
    3 Carberryi Anthias
    1 Potter’s Wrasse (a variation of leopard Wrasse for those of you unfamiliar with it)
    That’s also the order I plan to add them in. I have a slightly oversized skimmer for my tank size and have a refugium.
     
  6. eatbreakfast

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    That should be fine, as long as the filtration can handle the bioload with the minimalist rockwork.
     
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    I’m going to get a marinepure block when my LFS gets some in stock, it’s supposed to be able to replace a lot of rock
     
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    That should work.
     
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    I've posted this list already in its own thread but then i found this thread so i thought I'd get some more opinions.

    Still cycling my tank but this is the planned stock list for my 6 ft 150 gallon
    2 clowns
    Watchman goby/pistol shrimp
    Royal gramma
    Group of anthias - probably dispar (how many?)
    Flame angel
    Midas blenny
    Blue jaw trigger
    Foxface
    Yellow tang
    Kole tang
    Naso tang
    Powder blue tang
    Couple reef safe wrasses (ideas?)

    This is what i would really like to have but I feel like it could be too much.



    I know the naso may outgrow the tank but i can trade it to my lfs if it gets too big
     
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    The fish are all compatible, but that is a lot for that size tank.

    The naso will outgrow that tank.

    Dispars do best in odd numbers. 5 or more s what I would recommend.

    There is a wide variety of reef safe wrasses. Lubbocks, solorensis, and exquisite fairy wrasses are colorful, inexpensive, and hardy fairy wrasse species. Yellow coris and melanurus are popular species from the Halichoeres genus.
     
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    I currently have 1 maroon clown, 3 green chromis, and 1 cardinal fish. Along with 2 peppermint shrimp and some snails. Was going to add another fish to the tank but not sure on what to get. I wanted a blue tang but I'm not sure if my tank is large enough (BioCube 32) and how it would react to my others. Thanks in advance!
     
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    Unfortunately a blue tang will not be a good choice for a tank that size, as they grow quite large.

    Also, maroon clowns are the largest, most aggressive clown species. So that will limit fish that can be added. Perhaps a watchman goby would work.
     
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    Ok thanks. My maroon clown is actually very laid back. Every one says they are the most aggressive but he doesn't seem to be
     
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    So far... But they live a long time and increase in aggression as they grow and mature.
     
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    I've posted my stocking plan here before but I have a specific question about a new addition to the list.

    Current stocking in 40 gallon mixed reef:
    2x Percula Clownfish
    3x Pajama Cardinal
    Orange Stripe Prawn Goby and Snapping Shrimp
    Coral Beauty Angelfish
    Yellow (Coris) Wrasse

    When first coming up with the list, I liked the banggai cardinalfish and my wife liked the pajamas...we got the pajamas. I always thought we shouldn't keep two cardinalfish species together but my LFS has told me that I should be OK adding one banggai now since he shouldn't pick on the pajamas due to their numbers and the pajamas should leave the banggai alone. What are your thoughts on this? I would be adding the banggai cardinalfish before the next fish in my stocking plan, a flame hawkfish and 3 bartletts anthias. Thanks in advance!
     
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    A single bangaii will be fine.
     
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    It doesn't sound like you have any or many fish occupying the bottom third of your tank. I like the idea of a goby like a watchman or prawn goby.
     
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    Thoughts on about 4-5 royal gramma's added to a ~125 at the same time? Hoping to get small ones so one can be dominant and the rest will stay female.
    Other fish on the list for the upcoming tank:
    1 clown
    1 tomini tang
    1 one spot fox face
    1 orchard dotty back
    1 midas blenny (would love a pair but was told this is not a good idea)
    1 Bellus angel
    1 yellow Coris wrasse (I have a 6 line now but i think i need to replace him as he is mean to the orchard dotty back.)
    Maybe a flame hawk or long nose hawk at some point
     
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    Just the confirmation I needed! Thanks again.
     
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    As long as they are all small, they should be fine. Although the orchid dottyback may be a little territorial toward them.
     
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