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Old 10-23-2005, 07:57 PM   #1
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55g tank, will this work

Hi, I am planning on getting a 55g and setting it up with Live Rock and Fish tank first, and then graduate to a reef and fish tank. This is the stocking list I have for fish and inverts right now:

1 antennata lionfish
1 tomato clownfish
2-3 flame hawkfish
1 arrow crab
2-3 sixline wrasse
1 filamented flasher wrasse
1 green mandarin
5 cardinals
1 copperband butterflyfish
2-3 tube anemones

If there's anything wrong with it, please notify me.
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Old 10-23-2005, 08:05 PM   #2
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woozers that alot of fish for a 55 and the lionfish will cause problems it will eat small fish and inverts
the mandarin only eats copods
copperband i dont beileve is reef safe.
humm i would just go with the clown, warrse, crab, and maybe a cradinal or two and just leave it at that and the anemones do you have the light ???
in my opion i would only stock options:
1 just two big fish and some inverts
or 2 just get 4 to 5 smaller 1 to 3 inch fish so that way your bioload wont go crazy and crash the tank
hope that helps
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Tank is too small for the lion
You need sufficient LR to supply the mandarin with pods
Same with the butterfly, too big for tank and also needs a well established tank
Anemones also need a well established tank
Same species hawks and wrasse may fight.. Im a little unsure with that..

But i'd stick to:

Tomato clowns.. get a pair!
Flame Hawk x1
Cardinals x2-3
Royal Gramma
Sixline Wrasse x1
and maybe a small goby

throw in a mix of inverts; serpent stars, hermits, snails and shrimp and ur good to go..

But thats all IMO
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Old 10-23-2005, 10:53 PM   #4
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Could I keep the lionfish and change the other fishes? And the lionfish I plan to keep is small, according to what I have read.
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Old 10-23-2005, 11:45 PM   #5
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if you just wanted to keep the lionfish and no others that would be fine, just be aware the lion is a major bioload on the tank do to its eating habits. if its a dwarf lion it would be fine if its another kind they get really big
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in a 55g you may only be able to house just the lion... as they produce alot of waste..
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Old 10-23-2005, 11:55 PM   #7
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I would agree with flame82. A lionfish by itself in a 55 gal. You're main concern with the lionfish will be the bioload. They are messy eaters and that may cause your params to get out of whack. I've never had one, so I can't say from experience, just what I have read from others. If you are set on getting a lionfish, then that would be the way to go. If you are looking for variety, then you could get more fish; a pair of clowns, gobies, royal gramma, cardinals, yellow tang, wrasses, hawkfish, etc. not all of course, but a nice mix. Make what you want of the tank, but choose wisely. Nobody in this forum will steer you wrong (on purpose)
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55 gal cycling. Will be FOWLR.
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Old 10-24-2005, 11:45 AM   #8
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That lion can grow to 8 inches. That's a pretty big fish for a 55 gallon tank.

Not to mention that it IS a venomus fish. Perhaps not the best choice for your first venture into SW, IMO.

Even without the lion, thats still a LOT of fish for a 55 gallon. IMO, for just starting out, first obviously read our articles section on Cycling Without the use of Fish. And narrow down your selection to 2 or 3 fish and just start with those. That will give you something to get started and give yourself time to learn good habbits in maintaining the aquarium. And with only 2 or 3 fish if things go bad they won't spiral downward as quickly as they could with more fish.

In terms of the anenome, the general consensus is to not even consider them for at least 6-12 months. They are VERY difficult to keep alive for a novice hobbiest and require very stable water chemistry.
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The mandarins and 6 line wrasses will both compete for the same food source...pods. If you do go for a 6 line...just do one.
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If I was to start out with 2-3 fishes, what should the fishes be? Also, I want the lionfish to be included.
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