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Old 01-11-2003, 11:23 PM   #1
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fish or corals first?

Our tank seems to have cycled nicely. We want to add fish & corals but not sure which should be added first. Fish or corals? For the fish we're looking at Percula and/or Cinnamin clown Fish. For the Corals we're looking at starburst polp coral (for starters).

What we have now is:
29gal tank
40lbs LS
31lbs LR
20W Actinic
25W 10K flor tube
6 Astrea snails
4-5 (not sure, can't find them all the time to count) Tiger/trochus snails
3 Turbo snails
2 cleaner shrimp
2 Scooter Blennies
2 oscilating powerheads (130gph flow each head)
BakPak2R skimmer

I can add a magnum HOT 250 for increased water flow if needed (the HOT 250 doesn't have any filter media in it, use it just for additional water flow). Should we add fish first & then corals a little later or visa versa?

Thanks for all your opinions & help!

John
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Old 01-12-2003, 12:33 AM   #2
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What we have now is:
29gal tank
40lbs LS
31lbs LR
20W Actinic
25W 10K flor tube
6 Astrea snails
4-5 (not sure, can't find them all the time to count) Tiger/trochus snails
3 Turbo snails
2 cleaner shrimp
2 Scooter Blennies
2 oscilating powerheads (130gph flow each head)
BakPak2R skimmer
Not to be a smart butt or anything but you already have fish thus I guess fish come before corals.

In all seriousness I would say fish for a few months then corals. The reason is to give your tank more time to stabilize and also to give you the care taker more time to get comfortable and on a maintenance routine.
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Thanks FF. I wasn't sure the Blennies would qualify as fish since they mostly stay on the sandbed (& covering almost every inch of the LR when they go around the tank).

Any advice on corals & what would go with the two types of clowns we're thinking of & the current lighting system? BTW, forgot to add we have about 15 blue legged hermits.

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