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Old 08-05-2009, 09:47 PM   #1
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My first thread, am I over stocking?

So I currently have a 55 gallon tank with about 90 lbs of rock in it, an overflow/sump setup a protein skimmer, with sand, mud, another 10 or so lbs of rock and a kalerpa. I've also got some impressive fluorescent lighting (the guy at the fish store said I can grow anything I want).

As far as fish go I have a nice sized yellow tang, a royal gramma, a green coris wrasse and 7 blue green chromis. Other then the tang chasing my royal gramma every once in a while everybody seems to get along really well. For Motile invertebrates I have two peppermint shrimp, two cleaner shrimp (my tang loves my cleaner shrimp), 5 hermit crabs, 4 emerald crabs and 5 turbo snails. On the sessile invertebrate side of the house I don't have that much just a couple types of star polyps, three purple mushrooms and my latest addition a really nice green zoo colony.

I was hoping to add a LOT more coral and at the max 4 more fish and hopefully a tridacna.

Here's what I had in mind. I wanted to add some acropora's up top, perhaps an open brain, maybe a montipora, a leather or two, maybe a spaghetti, a bubble and I without fail want an anemone with a couple of little clowns hosting (I know that I should be cautious about multiple clowns.)

Other then the clowns I've thought about a couple of gobies (I really want a psychedelic) and that'll do it for fish.

I also have 50 more little snails and 50 hermit crabs on order for my tank.

I guess my question is, am I being too ambitious? Do I already have too many fish in my little 55? Should I have thought of this before hand and just gotten a 100 gallon tank? Thus far my water quality has been really good and all of my life stock have been playing nice but I don't want to over do it.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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Sorry, but in my opinion you are grossly overstocked. Define "flourescent" lighting? Do you have a sump? Skimmer? I'm afraid you may have been getting some terrible advice.
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I wouldn't get the goby, which is not a goby. It's a dragonet (mandarin). They can be a pain to train to substitute foods. Their main diet is copepods, and they eat them constantly. You hve to many snails and hermits on order IMO. I think you may be a tad overstocked.
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I'd have to agree with HN1, that's pretty stuffed. Everyone has different opinions on tank size, but that tang alone needs a larger tank.
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rats

they are 48 inch compact fluorescents and yes I have a protein skimmer. My tang seems pretty happy though. I really would like a lot more on the coral side of the house.
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How many bulbs are in your fixture? I have yet to see a 4' power compact fixture that would be able to sustain clams, anemones, or acropora in a 55 gallon. You'll need a lighting upgrade to be able to keep any of these IMO.
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interesting

4 bulbs in the fixture, two blue and two white and then it's got some little LED moonlights, the lighting set up cost me 400 bucks.
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For that you could have gotten the current nova extreme pro T5 HO fixture which would allow you to keep anything you want. Anyway you can take it back?
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I'm afraid that won't be nearly enough light for anemones, clams, or sps. HO T5 or MH would be the way to go for those animals.
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