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Old 03-18-2003, 02:08 PM   #11
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Okay... I figured that with the LR and the DSB...that I would have the bioload capacity to accomodate the tankmates
Doesn't have anything to do with the biocapacity of your tank. It has to do with available space. Your tank is only 4' long. Tangs are territorial and strong swimmers. Most recommendations come from people who have been there. I've been keeping SW for over 11 yrs. Your fish load sounds heavy to me. It can probably be done and has probably been done. I don't like pushing things to the limit of their capacity. IME the lower the bioload & the fewer the fish, the easier this hobby is. It sounds to me like you are just starting out. If that's the case, I would cut the number of fish you suggest in half and go from there. As you progress in the hobby you more than likely will want to keep corals. They will take up more room. The fish we keep are used to swimming in the vastness of the ocean. Our tanks are pitifully small in comparison. If you cramp them, they will either fight, become diseased or both. I just want you to get off on the right foot. This is good advice: go easy, go slow. Less is more in this hobby.

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Old 03-19-2003, 09:39 AM   #12
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So, now...back to the topic at hand...

What "critters" are reccomended for cleanup that are compatible with the aforementioned livestock?

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I have to agree with Mark. I know you don't want to hear this, boy do I ever...However, That many fish in a 90 gal can be way too many inches for the size... Technically you can only have 18 inches in a 90.

Regal Tangs will reach up to 9 inches
Yellow Tangs 6 inches min.
Long Nose Hawk 5 inches
Scooter Blenny up to 5 inches
Most Jawfishes 4 to 6 inches min
Royal Gramma 3 inches

This will lead to 32 inches of Fish. Now, that is if you have a true 90 gal of water. You wont because you are going to have displacement with the rocks and sand...
probably lose 25 gal which brings you to 15 inches of fish for comfort.

I have seen a lot of death due to overstocking too soon also....so be careful...

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I would stay away from anything that stirs the sand too much....

Hermits and snails are good...

I think the rule on this is 5 hermits per gal and 5 snails per gal...

Use your best judgement...
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5 hermits and 5 snails per gallon? Maybe 1 hermit/snail per 5 gal? I have always heard 1 critter per gallon. I use about that ratio and it seems to work well. I'd start out on the low end and add them as you think you need them.
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Maybe 1 hermit/snail per 5 gal? I have always heard 1 critter per gallon.

My bad,,, what was I thinking...

Yes that is correct...I guess it all depends on who's site you visit and what is recommended...most are 1 per gal...
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