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Old 03-17-2003, 11:36 AM   #1
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Recommended clean up crew

Now can we talk about cleaners?

I think I've decided on the following livestock:

1 Regal Tang
2 Clownfish Ocellaris
1 Yellow Tang
1 Long-nosed Hawkfish
1 Flame Angelfish
1 Scooter Blenny
1 Jawfish
1 Royal Gramma

Do you see potential problems if I add some cleaners for detritus removal?

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Old 03-17-2003, 06:27 PM   #2
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Did you decide on going with a dsb?

I just got a small cleanup crew from justphish.com. I was impressed with the packing and instructions and all the specimens included. I'll probably place an additional order with them, although I'm also thinking about getting a live sand activator kit from http://www.ipsf.com/index.html first.

How about some comments from you experienced folks.
I've got a 125 with 100 pounds of lr, 50# of base and 5-7" dsb. The tank is now cycled although nitrates are still around 10.
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Yes, Southdown to 3.5/4" and I'll get 135lbs of LR for my 90gal tank

My question is compatability with my fish... Would any of those attack the cleaners?
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The only potential problem I see is the jawfish and possibly the blenny eating up all the copepods and amphipods.
I would only get one tang, especially in a 90. If your tank were 6 or 8 feet long, two would work.
I suggest you only keep 4 or 5 fish in a tank that size. Even with 1 tang you still have 8 fish. It's going to get crowded and you will have stress induced disease problems.

2 Clownfish Ocellaris
1 Yellow Tang
1 Long-nosed Hawkfish
1 Flame Angelfish
1 Scooter Blenny


Maybe these would work.
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Old 03-18-2003, 01:23 PM   #5
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Re: Recommended clean up crew

1 Regal Tang 5"
2 Clownfish Ocellaris 6"
1 Yellow Tang 5"
1 Long-nosed Hawkfish 3"
1 Flame Angelfish 4"
1 Scooter Blenny 3"
1 Royal Gramma 3"

Okay... that's 29 inches of fish...That's <1/3" per Gallon..

I thought general rule of thumb was 1/2" per gallon... which gives me 45"...

Also... Do you really think the Yellow and Regal tangs would not get along? I see so many setups of 75-100 gal that contain both...

I guess I can do without the jawfish...
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General accepted rule of thumb for stocking capacity is 1" (of adult sized fish) per 5g of water. There are amny variable that effect this "rule", once the tank is mature, I would not have a problem with 1" per 3gallons.
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Old 03-18-2003, 01:51 PM   #7
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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.

Any suggestions on order of introduction? Other than the clownfish...which will be first.
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I'm going through the same process, trying to figure out what fish I want to end up with in my 125. Here's my thoughts so far.

2x Clarkii Clownfish or Ocellaris Clown 2"
1x royal gramma 3"
1x sixline wrasse 3"
1x Copperbanded Butterflyfish 5"
1x Oriole Angel or Flame Angel 3"
1x Bicolor Blenny 3"
1x Midas Blenny 3"
1x Powder Blue Tang 4"

The usual assortment of snails, pods, and some shrimp too.
Any thing I need to know or be carefull of?
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I've READ that Butterflyfish are difficult to acclimate and PowderBlues can be difficult to keep too...

If you ask me... I'd trade the PowderBlue for a Yellow Tang...

Just an opinion
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Yep, I read that too. I figured they would get added down the road, like 6-8 months from now or more.
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