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It’s a hard one to answer, if you aren’t qting well 77days between to ensure it’s safe but other side is if not qting then your rolling the dice anyway so does it matter? It’s weird me writing this but I added a royal gramma to my tank from LFS and it wiped out my entire tank and then I had to wait 77 days before cud add fish, that was heartbreaking. But u can buy qt or captive breed fish you can also do a the quick qt safety stop or something it’s basically back to back baths meth blue and formalin. But wud just hate for u to add a fish and next week add another and the first one shows signs. If don’t have holding tank. But u want to be adding weekly well I’d split it with some cuc. Least 2 weeks would be more likely to show signs. I wud just make sure before u add anything to tank that they and u r happy before adding again. Tank will do a mini cycle with every addition.
So if fish happy eating and good form. Tanks good shape nutrients maintaining that’s ur next addition. May that be 2 weeks or 4 weeks etc. That’s my TLDR summary lol.
awesome thanks for the info!
 
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@DowntownJosh you will have an ammonia spike after adding each fish. From feeding more and more waste. I try to wait at least a month in between additions. You will also have territorial aggression after adding each fish as they try to find their own territory and pecking order.
 
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@DowntownJosh you will have an ammonia spike after adding each fish. From feeding more and more waste. I try to wait at least a month in between additions. You will also have territorial aggression after adding each fish as they try to find their own territory and pecking order.
So you would keep it with just the 2 clowns, and no coral or CUC, for another month or so?
 

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So you would keep it with just the 2 clowns, and no coral or CUC, for another month or so?
@DowntownJosh personally that’s what I would do, but to do it safely, checking ammonia along the way would be proper.
 
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@DowntownJosh personally that’s what I would do, but to do it safely, checking ammonia along the way would be proper.
Ok yeah I plan to keep checking the levels every day or every other day.

Here's a couple more questions.

So the 2 new clowns, will just sit in the same spot, kind of middle front corner about half way up, just swimming in place, if the lights are turned off above the tank, during the day. If I turn the lights on, they swim all around the tank, and don't stick to the spot. I was keeping the LED lights off, till I added more stuff to prevent algae growth, but don't want to hurt the fish? What should I do?

Also the food WWC (where I bought the clowns) recommended was TDO Chroma Boost (1.7mm pellets) but I'm not sure they like the food, because they lunge for it when I drop a few pellets in, but I see them spit it back out most of the time. I ordered some PE Mysis flakes to see if that will work better, but didn't know if they are just stubborn at first, and should keep trying to throw a few pellets in, or to just save that until I get other fish, and try my luck with the flakes.

Thanks again!
 
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Ok yeah I plan to keep checking the levels every day or every other day.

Here's a couple more questions.

So the 2 new clowns, will just sit in the same spot, kind of middle front corner about half way up, just swimming in place, if the lights are turned off above the tank, during the day. If I turn the lights on, they swim all around the tank, and don't stick to the spot. I was keeping the LED lights off, till I added more stuff to prevent algae growth, but don't want to hurt the fish? What should I do?

Also the food WWC (where I bought the clowns) recommended was TDO Chroma Boost (1.7mm pellets) but I'm not sure they like the food, because they lunge for it when I drop a few pellets in, but I see them spit it back out most of the time. I ordered some PE Mysis flakes to see if that will work better, but didn't know if they are just stubborn at first, and should keep trying to throw a few pellets in, or to just save that until I get other fish, and try my luck with the flakes.

Thanks again!
@DowntownJosh sounds like clowns are okay. Will eat about 3 or 4 of those pellets is all.
 
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6 week update!

So things are going well. I've added several pieces of cheap coral (LPS and softies) and just added a Coral Beauty last night.

Everything is doing fantastic. The Zoa/Palys I added a couple weeks ago are already sprouting new polyps!

I'm trying to decide what to add next, I'm leaning towards some Hammers, maybe dip my toes in to some cheap SPS to get them started up top, or perhaps a BTA to get the clowns from just sitting in the back corner of the tank and and help them feel more secure.

PS I really need to figure out how to take better pictures.. haha

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