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Old 03-08-2004, 01:21 PM   #1
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I am just wondering if anyone thinks I will have a problem combining these fish in my 50 gallon(3ft.) tank. 2 ocellaris clowns, 2 firefish(magnifica), 2 purple firefish(decora), 1 royal gramma, and 1 flame angel? eventually i'd like to add a purple tang in 6 months to a year or maybe a mandarin if I feel I can keep it alive! and no I won't be adding them all in at once, I have the clowns now with blue leg hermits and turbo snails. I have about 50 lbs of LR and plan on adding about 25 more lbs. running 2 powerheads and a protien skimmer. Thanks for any advice
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That sounds like waaay too many fish for a 50
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i think less fish but those with personality would be a better choice i also think that is 2 many fish for a 50.
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The tang, is out of the question. Way to small of a tank. I think you would be ok if you skip the angel, or the gramma.
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The tang, is out of the question. Way to small of a tank.
Yea, I think even if the tank was empty it would be too small. I thought they were recommending a 75 or 90 for the tang. Is that correct? I was wrong it's recommeding a 70.
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Old 03-08-2004, 07:15 PM   #6
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I would also not suggest a dragonet in anything smaller than a 90-100 gal tank with well over 1 lb/gal LR and a well matured pod population. A 50 gal tank will not be able to sustain it for long unless a large refugium was incorporated into the plan.

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I thought they were recommending a 75 or 90 for the tang. Is that correct? I was wrong it's recommeding a 70
The 75 gal or larger tank is best for most tang species. The key being a 4 ft or longer tank.

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ok, so if i skip the tang and the dragonet will that be ok, or do you think its still to many fish?
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ok, so if i skip the tang and the dragonet will that be ok, or do you think its still to many fish?
It's not only the amount of fish but also how well each will co-exist. You do not necessarily have compatability issues but the firefish are extremely skiddish and will not do well in a tank with active/boisterous species. They eventually spend most or their time in hiding if so and often starve due to feight.

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50 gallon(3ft.) tank. 2 ocellaris clowns, 2 firefish(magnifica), 2 purple firefish(decora),
I would suggest looking for another small peacefull fish as these will put you at the edge of safely stocking a 50 gal tank.

If you skip the firefish (a better choice IMO) you could get the gramma and possibley a dwarf angel if this will not be a reef tank. You could also look into fairy/carpenter wrasses, blennies, dottybacks and non sand sifting gobies. Although the last three may not mix well with the gramma.

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thanks again everyone, geez this is so much more difficult than cichlids are! I guess I'll just have to get rid of them and turn the 130 gl into a saltwater tank!
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and turn the 130 gl into a saltwater tank!

Now I'm jealous. wished I had a 130 to play with
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