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Old 05-13-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Advice needed on fish stock to Biocube 29

My tank is in its 8th week and everything is absolutely perfect. IT IS A BAREBOTTOM. I have about 17 coral in there and they are all thriving. My Biocube skimmer is working really well although I noticed many say theirs didn't work. Nitrates are ZERO without using any chemical filtration.

I have 2 clowns in there and they are happy. I'm adding a flame hawkfish for sure! What other fish should I add?

Flame Angel? ---I'm worried it will nip at corals, don't want any chance of problems.

royal gramma?
firefish?

I want something really bright and colorful, but peaceful at the same time. I've heard dottyback can be mean.
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goby, love them all! Sleeper, engineering, mandarin
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goby, love them all! Sleeper, engineering, mandarin

Can I have gobies since I don't have sand?
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Glad it's going well for you. Hawkfish can be aggressive with small gobies so be careful. Fairy wrasse or a Midas Blenny would be awesome, peaceful, and add color/ personality. Wouldn't recommend a dwarf angelfish because of the risk even though some people say they're fine with corals, you never know and it's a lot of money an nice pieces to potentially throw away.
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Can I have gobies since I don't have sand?
yes, you can have gobies with bare-bottom tank although they appreciate grazing on the sand for leftover food. Maybe you could put a small patch of sand in certain corner of the tank. i agree with the last comment about the hawkfish. they're semi-aggressive and might not be a suitable resident in your tank.
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you can always try cleaner shrimps and some hermit crabs while at it.
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Glad it's going well for you. Hawkfish can be aggressive with small gobies so be careful. Fairy wrasse or a Midas Blenny would be awesome, peaceful, and add color/ personality. Wouldn't recommend a dwarf angelfish because of the risk even though some people say they're fine with corals, you never know and it's a lot of money an nice pieces to potentially throw away.

Thanks, I'll check on those fish at the LFS. Yah, I don't want to risk the flame angel.
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you can always try cleaner shrimps and some hermit crabs while at it.

I have 7 hermit crabs, last time I counted and 2 snails and lots of other snails that came with the live rock and now are reproducing like crazy! Don't really want the cleaner shrimp though.
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yes, you can have gobies with bare-bottom tank although they appreciate grazing on the sand for leftover food. Maybe you could put a small patch of sand in certain corner of the tank. i agree with the last comment about the hawkfish. they're semi-aggressive and might not be a suitable resident in your tank.

I thought the flame hawkfish is only aggressive towards shrimp.
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They can be aggressive in general. I had One in a reef tank once and he chased everything smaller than him (which was just about everything). Caught him, three him into a larger FOWLR and he never went after anything.
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