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Old 12-19-2011, 10:57 PM   #1
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fish suggestions

OK so, running my 72, slowly adding corals, and really want to get some additional swimming life in there as well....

Any suggestions? So far have 2 firefish and a sleeper goby (think one of the firefish may be on the way out...big one is picking on the little one badly). Am planning on keeping polyps and mostly lps (so far a palythoa and an open brain). I'm looking for smallish fish, bright colors, and trying to stay as peaceful as possible. I tend to dramatically understock my tanks, but 6 inches of fish in a 72 gallon tank is a little silly
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I just got a royal gamma basset today. Amazing looking fish.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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I just got a royal gamma basset today. Amazing looking fish.
I believe my LFS actually has one of those waiting for me

Need more stuffs
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On the list for my 36 I'm looking for a chalk bass and a 6 line wrasse. I saw an 8 line wrasse today...they are for a 50 gal and up. Maybe some Blue Reef Chromis?
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On the list for my 36 I'm looking for a chalk bass and a 6 line wrasse. I saw an 8 line wrasse today...they are for a 50 gal and up. Maybe some Blue Reef Chromis?
Not a huge fan of the chromis honestly - just don't find them all that interesting...

Thinking maybe a flasher and a fairy wrasse (believe hte "exquisite" is rated for 70 gallons)...
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I would vote for the chalk bass. Amazing fish. Those wrasse are beauties too.
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I think you should get a bangaii cardnal, definitly some clowns, and a bicolor dottyback
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I think you should get a bangaii cardnal, definitly some clowns, and a bicolor dottyback
You know, I actually love those cardinals...but for some reason my wife is freaked out by them. She hates the way they just float there, and their eyes creep her out

I'm going the gramma route instead of the dotty - a little less aggressive generally, but similar in terms of coloration.

As for the clowns, I'm definitely going to add one eventually, just need to suss out which one. My wife really has a thing for tomato clowns which, personally, I dislike the look of. I am a traditionalist with my clowns: I like ocellaris, but wouldn't be against either a maroon or a black ocie.

It's challenging to do this part - so many of the fish I like are iether not reef safe, or just get too darn big. I love yellow tangs, but I know better. I love blue tangs, but DEFINITELY know better. I love butterflies, but I've been there and done that.

Doing my best to be as smart as possible because any time livestock is lost, I see the lost dollar signs in my wife's eyes (not to mention I get bummed out any time something doesn't make it)
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I have 4 blue reef chromis and they are very neat fish. They are always together and are a bright dark blue, very colorful and very active fish.
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I think the real issue is that I have 300 gallon desires but with 72 gallons of space
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