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Old 03-17-2006, 11:09 AM   #11
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I respect you've decided to stock your tank conservatively, but that does not mean everyone who has the ability to care for their aquarium in excess of the 1" fish:5gal rule should.
Some would even say I’m overstocked being that I have over 11” of fish but I do have excellent filtration and perform weekly 10% pwc.

You have a great looking 20 gal reef tank and I agree that the rule can be stretched if the aquarist is experienced and has a decent sized sump/filtration/skimmer/UPS. The Clarkii Clown in a 20 gal is ok if it was the only fish or with one smaller fish but my recommendation was based on the fact that he/she has 3 other fish two of which are other clowns which will lead to aggression issues in such a small tank.

Even as juveniles the fish are close to 6”-8” which for just starting out is asking for trouble with such a new tank.

Since this is tshere first post (in the getting started forum) and is asking if the tank is overstocked I would have to assume that he/she is more of a novice aquarist also and being such would be well advised to follow the 1” per 5 gal rule until they have gained sufficient experience to exceed that rule.

Without further information such as whether the tank was cycled prior to adding the fish or if he/she if cycling the tank with the fish I still think returning the Clarkii (only because it’s the largest possible adult fish) is necessary for long term success and once a lager tank, sufficient filtration, & experience is reached then consider adding more fish.
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Tell me how the 'trates are. If high, I'll stick to my "too many to soon" song. If not, then OK except for the possible aggression issues with the clowns.
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Old 03-17-2006, 11:50 AM   #13
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I respect you've decided to stock your tank conservatively, but that does not mean everyone who has the ability to care for their aquarium in excess of the 1" fish:5gal rule should.
Some would even say I’m overstocked being that I have over 11” of fish but I do have excellent filtration and perform weekly 10% pwc.

You have a great looking 20 gal reef tank and I agree that the rule can be stretched if the aquarist is experienced and has a decent sized sump/filtration/skimmer/UPS. The Clarkii Clown in a 20 gal is ok if it was the only fish or with one smaller fish but my recommendation was based on the fact that he/she has 3 other fish two of which are other clowns which will lead to aggression issues in such a small tank.

Even as juveniles the fish are close to 6”-8” which for just starting out is asking for trouble with such a new tank.

Since this is tshere first post (in the getting started forum) and is asking if the tank is overstocked I would have to assume that he/she is more of a novice aquarist also and being such would be well advised to follow the 1” per 5 gal rule until they have gained sufficient experience to exceed that rule.

Without further information such as whether the tank was cycled prior to adding the fish or if he/she if cycling the tank with the fish I still think returning the Clarkii (only because it’s the largest possible adult fish) is necessary for long term success and once a lager tank, sufficient filtration, & experience is reached then consider adding more fish.
Well said, just like all your posts. Often I forget this is the "Getting Started" forum and your advice is probably more suited for someone who's tank is 6 weeks old and has 3 different kinds of clowns in there 8O He might as well throw a Maroon in there while he's at it.....J/K!!!

Although he might be able to make it work. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Peace_
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Lagger, sorry for singling out your post. I appreciate the advice you have given as well and should have left out the “any stretch of the imagination” comment which was rude and should have just stated my own opinion

We all benefit greatly from each others experience and with what works and doesn’t work. Having never had a SW tank smaller then 55 gal I learn greatly from nano reefers such as yourself and all that’s involved in taking care of them.
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No harm No foul brother. I actually like differing opinions. It keeps it interesting. Too many times I find a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon so to speak or just going off of what someone says as gospel without actually having tried themselves.

Thanks for the kind words on the tank Tecwzrd. You do a lot of people here a great service with your in-depth posts. I always enjoy reading them. Also, your little girl is so darling. Thats a great pic. Peace_
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I would have gone with 2 percula clowns and small goby in that system and be maxed out.
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