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Old 04-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #21
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Only one species of clownfish as otherwise one will likely end up killing the other. The "Dory" is a Pacific blue tang, often called a hippo tang (hippo is short for the scientific name). In any case, both the hippo and the yellow tangs require too much room for your tank.

I'd also recommend against the damsels. Although they are pretty and hardy, they are incredibly mean. As far as cycling, it's boring, but fishless cycling with ammonia or shrimp from the grocery store is much more humane and establishes a stronger biological filter.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #22
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All that in a 60 gallon?!? Way way overstocked. Right now in my 55 with 15 gallon sump I have a coral beauty angel and 2 small tank raises clowns. I may total add a cardinal, firefish, and royal gramma and that's it. The "Dory" fish is too large for our size tank
No, all this in a 100g, if you look earlier in the post I purchase a 100g instead of the 60g. I am also coming over from the freshwater side and don't know a whole lot about salt just yet.
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The person that posted that 2 different types of clowns are no good is right!! Plus the madarins are quiet hard to mantain cause some of them require live food to start!
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Or as damshells you can use the blue chromis that are not as hard as the others but are peaceful fish!
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:36 PM   #25
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Gotcha, I'm am taking this all in to explain to my wife tonight! I don't mind doing a fish less cycle if it's better on the fish! And the only reason mentioned 2 clowns is because they have all these display tanks at my lfs with multiple clowns that don't seem to fight. However, I do value all
Of your advice over theirs of course!
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I plan on doing a 2-3 month cycle with some damsels.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:39 PM   #27
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Yellow tang would be ok. A blue or hippo tang would not, they are recommended for 180 gallons. Also Mandarins are very difficult to keep in an established tank, definitely wouldn't try 2.
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That was a very good article, I feel like a jerk now, ha, looks like I'm going grocery shopping!
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Dont feel like that. We all have to learn. Kudos for doing it the safe way.
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I haven't heard of this, I thought live rock would be enough to cycle the tank. I did the newbie impatient thing and used biospira or sort of instant cycle stuff. It worked for me but my next tank I will take my time.
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