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Old 11-23-2011, 01:38 PM   #41
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clowns do not need anemones, and any clown can choose a coral as a host. i like the percula and ocellaris clowns because they don't get large. plus, they come in multiple colors, and everyone recognizes them. just personal preference though.

what do you have in there now? any shrimp or crabs? plan on it? have you looked at the flame hawk? they are pretty cool fish if you don't have a lot of small inverts.
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Old 11-24-2011, 11:04 AM   #42
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I have a scarlet shrimp, a few peps, and a ton of hermits/snails

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Old 11-25-2011, 01:35 PM   #43
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a flame hawk may eat your shrimp and crabs.
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Just put in a firefish today - want to keep the tank with SOMETHING swimming around in it while I make the rest of my plans. They stay small and are peaceful, so it shouldn't eliminate a whole lot from the list of possible livestock.

My family have voted against any clowns at this point: we had an occelaris in there before, but they don't want the standard tank fish in there this time around....so basically, if it was in finding nemo, its most likely out

I talked my wife out of the tomato clown based upon the aggression factor, and the fact that he'll get big enough to do some real damage on corals (occelaris took out a mushroom that I had at one point by rubbing on it so much).

So...other suggestions for relatively small but colorful fishes? I'm hoping to pick up a bi-color dottyback, if I can ever find one locally...though liveaquaria says they may eat ornamental shrimp...think they stay small enough that they won't mess with my pepps?

I'm a huge fan of the wrasses...anybody have specific suggestions for ones that won't mess with inverts and will remain small enough for my tank (72 gallon)? I'm sure I can find this info on liveaquaria, but there's a but-ton of em to look through!
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Maybe intstead of the dottyback something like the royal gramma?
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Reef Aquariums: Royal Gramma Basslet

What I'm thinking now is instead of having a very few larger fishes, I may just stock the thing with a bunch of little guys...2-3 firefish, 4 or so chromis, the basslet...

Suggestions for others? Something that'll dig my sandbed would be good since it's the only thing that really gets nasty quickly
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Fairy wrasses are very colorful, all kinds of them.
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any of the fairy wrasses would be a good addition. i don't like the dottybacks and pseudochromis. the ones i have kept have turned out to be territorial and quite nasty despite their size. they do get big enough ti kill shrimp, though i never witnessed that. i saw them pick at larger fish.
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Yea, I was thinking royal gramma instead of the DB - seems like they stay about the same size, but don't have any of the aggression issues...
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Added a sleeper goby this afternoon on my LFS's advice. We'll see how he does since, from what I read, without a refugium they won't do terribly well...but as I've said before, I trust live advice over what I read on the interwebz generally (no offense).

Also went to war with my aiptasia with some aip. x. Was surprisingly satisfying to watch the little buggers wither up. Hope they stay dead.
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Omly one thing to keep in mind... Our wallets arent affected with this advice, however a fish that wont last long, although longer than the return period seems like great advice to give by someone whos wallet is affected by your choices
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