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Old 03-11-2005, 08:12 AM   #1
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My saltwater tank has been up and going for a few months and all water parameters are excellent . I have now started to think about adding fish. I have read all the compatibility charts, but would like suggestions or even a list of what fishes everyone started with.


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Old 03-11-2005, 08:36 AM   #2
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If you read the charts, then you are in better shape to make the right call. Think about reef compatibility, and most people recommend adding the more timid fish first, so they don't get harassed by more the more aggressive fish with established territories.

30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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We all feel its a very exhaustive listing of information. I would say the livestock potentals is first based on tank size. I see in your sig you have a 65gal tank with 1 clown and 2 yellowtail damsels. So that helps focus the field. Unless your able to trade in the damsels and/or clown you will want something that will work for those fish as well as be comfortable in your 65 gal tank.

I would first sort thru the species chart to narrow down the field of acceptable species based upon your tank size. Once you have a list of types of fish you can look more at the specific familys. Overall I would suggest something in the dwarf angel, basslet, tang (a smaller variety), goby, firefish or cardnal, or chromis.
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You really have a lot of options. Do you plan on a reef in the future? If so, that will narrow your selection down a bit.
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