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Old 08-29-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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Order to add fish to new aquarium

I am in the process of setting up my first reef aquarium.

My tank and sump are plumbed in and the tank is now filled with saltwater. Once I return from holiday I will be purchasing live rock and will then start on a fishless cycling program. Volume of water in the tank is 465 litres (US Gallons 123) and in the sump 120 litres (US Gallons – 32). I plan on keeping soft and LPS corals with SPS to follow in a year or so.

I have decided most of the fish that I am looking to add to my reef aquarium but would appreciate your views on:

(i) The order these fish should be added;
(ii) Whether these fish are compatible;
(iii) Issues with any of these fish being reef safe (I am aware of the risks of flame angels);
(iv) Any great fish I am not including (my tank does not have a lid so I am avoiding any jumpers and I am trying to avoid copepod eating fish to give the mandarin a chance).

I was thinking of adding the following fish in this order:

2 x True percula clown fish
1 x royal gramma
1 x copperbanded butterflyfish
1 x yellow tang
1 x powder blue tang
1 x schooling bannerfish (possibly two)
1 x flame angel
1 x mandarin dragonet (I will probably wait one year to give copepods a chance to establish themselves)
1 x orchid dottyback (I will add this fish last as due to its aggressiveness – this fish was chosen by my wife so I have to include it)

Fish I have considered but am not planning on including

6 line wrasse – jumper and I have heard they are evil
Cardinal – have seen them in my LFS and they don’t appear to do anything (I am prepared to be corrected on this one)
Gobys – eat copepods – although I would really like one paired with a pistol shrimp.

Thanks in advance for your help

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Old 08-29-2012, 02:29 PM   #2
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Talk to wife that fish I have had very bad time with he will slowly murder alot of fish shrimp, also gamma ( I think) will eat pods as I'm told anything that grazes on rocks spends a lot of time on rocks will eat pods and gamma and orchid will fight both Territorial

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Old 08-30-2012, 07:56 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice - I will definitely avoid adding the orchid dottyback. Shame, it was the first time my wife showed any interest in the aquarium!
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