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Old 03-16-2006, 12:24 PM   #1
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2 New Clownfish! 8^)

Hi All...

I added my 1st "Real" fish to my 46 Gal yesterday evening...I picked up 2 Clownfish at my Local Fish Store, Drip Acclimated for 2+ Hours (30Mins Temp in Bag, and a little over 2hrs Drip in Bucket).

I'm not sure if they are Ocellaris or True Percula, but I would have to guess Ocellaris based on the price. I didn't really ask at the LFS and it wasn't the "Saltwater Expert" that helped me get them from the tank. I will try to post pics this evening once I turn the lights and stuff on in my tank, and maybe the experts here can help identify.

One is probably 1.5" or so and the other is 1" and both fairly "bright" orange in color.

My tank is barely a month old, so after a while (6+ mths), I'd like to think about maybe adding an Anemone for them (Are MH Lights a pre-req?), but hopefully they will like living in my tank.

The LFS said they would eat flakes, but it seems people here lean more on a combo of flakes, pellets and frozen, possibly with some Garlic if they are picky... should I try flakes and see how they do, or should I go ahead and pick up some other types of food as well?

I'm very happy to have some 'color' in my tank!

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Old 03-16-2006, 03:30 PM   #2
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Congratulations on the new fish.

Definately wait on the anenome 6-12 months and let your tank get established. BTW, how did you cycle and did you verify it was complete? Keep an eye on your water parameters and be prepared for some small PWC if you see any spikes.

As for feeding, yes a variety is good. With only two fish you do not need to feed a lot either. Not more than once a day and even every other should be fine. You did not state if you have LR or not, but if you do they will even pick at that for food.

As for diet my personal favorites are:

Cyclopese, daphnia, mysis, green life line and once in a while spectrum pellets. I also have a lot more fish and corals.

The key thing to remember is anything you put in your tank stays there until you take it out via pwc.

One more thing if you do not have a clean up crew you may want to consider starting to add one which will help maintain stability. You could easily have 15-20 red/blue leg hermits and 15-20 snails as well as a shrimp or two. Just add them over time. Inverts really add a lot to a tank.

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Old 03-16-2006, 06:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the Reply,

I cycled with 80 lbs of Cured Live Rock (LiveAquaria) and 50 Lbs of Live Sand and didn't have a HUGE spike, but did see the Ammonia and Nitrites go up and then back down to Zero after about 2/2.5 weeks. At that point 5 Blue/Green Chromis were added to the tank as "starter" fish (at the recommendation of the LFS, which probably goes against the recommendations on here). A couple (or all) of those might go back to the LFS as I start adding more stock in the coming months.

I acutally added the Cleanup Crew last week basically what you listed, some Scarlet and Blue Hermits, a Couple different Types of Snails, a couple of Emerald Crabs and was supposed to get a couple peppermint shrimp, but they were inadventantly left out of the order and should arrive next week I think.

I did a 25% Water Change (10-12gal) before adding the cleanup crew and when I tested my Nitrates earlier this week, they were still hovering arround 10-15ish.

I'm going to mix up some water to have at the ready to do more PWC if I see any change in my Water Readings...

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SOunds like you are off to a good start. I currently have 3 chromis in my tank and love them. They are neet to watch schooling around the tank. Of course with a 46g I suppose they do not leave you much room for additional fish.

What are your long term stocking plans?
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This was my Stocking Plan from a few weeks ago...

(2) Ocellaris or Percula Clownfish - Done
(1) Royal Gramma Basslet
(1) Yellow Watchman Goby (or similar)
(1) Flame Angelfish

I know I REALLY want the Flame Angel eventually, but it should be last fish added and placed into a more "established" tank, so it's probably down the road some. I know the combo of these will probably precipitate removing some if not all the Blue/Green Chromis to make sure I'm not "overcrowded", and I'm OK with doing so if necessary.

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Looks good, you are right I would suggest some or all of the chromis go if you do intend to complete the original plan.

Are you doing FOWLR or are your long term plans to go reef(corals)? If reef I will caution you on the angel as they can nip corals.

Personally I have a Coral Beauty angel and have no problems so far, but many claim they do.

Sounds like you have a good plan and are doing your research.

Good luck,
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Have been planning FOWLR for quite a while now and would like to "think" about an anemone down the road for the Clowns...

Although not sure if my current light setup would support (36" Coralife Lunar Aqualight - Compact Fluorescent, 96W Actinic, 96W 10,000K Daylight = 4.17Watts /gal)

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I would say with your lighting you are good for most anenome as well as soft and LPS corals if you change your mind and decide to go that route. Of course your tank still needs top mature before trying them.
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Congrats on the new additions! Do keep and eye on water parameters for the next couple weeks to ensure all remains well. I like your fish list. It will give you great color and variety. You should consider a pistol shrimp for your goby and think about some reef hermits/snails and cleaner shrimp as well. All help keep the tank clean and offer some entertaining veiwing as well. I agree, lighting should support something like a BTA down the road.
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Here are a couple pics... still not sure how to get the good Macro Shots with my DigiCam..

Can people tell if these are Ocellaris or Percula from these pics?

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