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Old 04-17-2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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Question on new build

Okay I have got a 30 gallon. Have a Ehiem 3 stage filter a cpr pak bak protien skimmer about 60 lbs rock ( 12 of it live fiji) Cycled it now almost 4 weeks all my water parms are right. Want to make it a reef/fish but want to start slow so to cut any losses to a min. Please a few suggestions on corals/fish to start please. Also was thinking about building a refuge would I need one with a 30 gallon tank?
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:34 PM   #2
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You wouldn't need a refugium, but it cannot hurt - only benefit.

How about a pair of clowns
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:42 PM   #3
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For corals mushrooms leathers and zoas are easy beginners and look cool.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:41 PM   #4
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What ever you do Plz no damsels.
School of blue/green chromis looks cool.
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Chromis are in the same family as damsels but are generally pretty mellow. I believe clownfish are in the damsel family too, and can be quite agressive (maroon) but generally aren't.

A school does look nice, but they end up picking each other off. I've tried to keep 3 for a while but after losing 1 i bought another 1 and lost that one too. Mine seem to want two only.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
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Chromis are in the same family as damsels but are generally pretty mellow. I believe clownfish are in the damsel family too, and can be quite agressive (maroon) but generally aren't.

A school does look nice, but they end up picking each other off. I've tried to keep 3 for a while but after losing 1 i bought another 1 and lost that one too. Mine seem to want two only.
With a school you need 4 or more just to distribute the stress that they cause to each other.... Question I have a hummingbird damsel would I be able to put a maroon clown in with it
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With a school you need 4 or more just to distribute the stress that they cause to each other.... Question I have a hummingbird damsel would I be able to put a maroon clown in with it
I just got a 3rd chromis for my tank, it seemed that's what was needed to get the other two to come out of hiding ,my Clarkie was a bit of a bully and now I thin with a 3rd they feel safe
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+1 on 3 chromis. 4 isn't a must. Though IME an odd # of chromis in a school tend to do better.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:51 PM   #9
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I love a school of chromis. But they do pick at each other and die off over time.

My bad luck is that they go blind and starve to death. I had 5 now left with 1. Even he is half blind.
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I starteed with 5 blue reef chromis and now I have 3. One jumped and one just disappeared. The three I have left all hang out together usually and swim together.
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