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Old 09-17-2015, 06:03 PM   #1
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Planning out my 55g Build

Afternoon everyone

I'm starting to plan out my 55g build and wanted to share with everyone and possibly get some thoughts an idea's on it. Below is a list of what I already have or will be getting. would like to know your thoughts on the list and also what type of scape you think would look good since a 55g is a narrow tank.
  • 55 Gallon Rectangular Tank (already have)
  • Basic 55 Gallon Aquarium Stand (already have)
  • (2) Ocean Revive T-247 LED Lights (already have 1)
  • 60 lbs of Live Sand
  • 40 lbs Live rock Ė from current 36g tank (already have)
  • 20 lbs Dry Live Rock
  • KollerCraft TOM Rapids Pro RP3 Filter System (no room for a regular sump)
  • 2 Jebao RW-8's Wavemaker with Controller (already have them)
  • 160 Gallon Bucket of Reef Crystals Aquarium Salt (like to have extra lol)
Fish:
  • 2 Yellow and black Chromis (trading in, they have become too aggressive)
  • 2 Occellaris Clown Fish (already have)
  • 2 Blue Damsels (already have)
  • 1 Lawnmower Blenny (already have)
  • 1 Yellow Watchman Goby (already have)
  • 1 Sailfin tang (already have)
  • 2 Purple Fire Fish
  • 2 Clarkii Clowns
  • 1 Royal Gramma

Now for the Invertebrates:
  • Dwarf Ceriths snails
  • Nassarius Snails
  • Florida ceriths
  • Nerites
  • Turbo Snails
  • Blue Legged Hermits (already have)
  • Red Legged Hermits (already have)
  • Tuxedo Urchin
  • Bubble Tip Anemones
  • Rock Flower Anemones
  • Feather Dusters
  • Porcelain Crabs
  • Boxer Crabs
  • Cleaner Shrimp
  • Blue Coral Banded shrimp
  • Serpent Starfish

And now for the coral assortment:
  • Green Star Polyps (already have)
  • Maroon Mushroom (already have)
  • Assorted Zoanthids (already have)
  • Pink Birdsnest
  • Frogspawn
  • Torch Corals
  • Hammer Coral
  • Toadstool Leather Coral
  • Pulsing Zenia
  • Kenya Tree
  • Candy Cane Coral
  • Plating Montipora

The livestock and coral list may change a little as the time passes

Can't wait to see your thoughts or ideas!
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It looks like a good list. There are only a couple problems that i see with it.

Sailfin tang - these require a 180g minimum. They are monster fish and will get stressed out in a tank as small as a 55g.

Damsels - These are generally nightmare fish. Most people that have them end up hating them and rehoming them due to aggression.

Clowns - 2 pairs of clowns very rarely works out in a tank, especially a smaller one such as a 55g. I would pick one pair you like most and rehome the other one.
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It looks like a good list. There are only a couple problems that i see with it.

Sailfin tang - these require a 180g minimum. They are monster fish and will get stressed out in a tank as small as a 55g.

Damsels - These are generally nightmare fish. Most people that have them end up hating them and rehoming them due to aggression.

Clowns - 2 pairs of clowns very rarely works out in a tank, especially a smaller one such as a 55g. I would pick one pair you like most and rehome the other one.
Thanks for the info Mebbid Yeah the tang may not be staying with me, he has been doing great and still kinda small. If he doesn't grow too quickly wil keep him because I am planning on a bigger tank, 200g, when we get ready to move into new home. Will have much more room then lol.

Damsels have been doing great. have had them for almost a year and no problems so far. I think it is because I added them last to the tank so a hierarchy was already established. Clown idea will more than likely change lol.
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