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Old 02-11-2014, 05:19 PM   #1
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Stock plan for my reef tank

Ok guys. I need some thoughts on my stocking plan for my tank. I lost my tailspot blenny (jumped) about 3 weeks ago, and have since gotten a midas blenny. The midas came from an established fowlr tank belonging to a coworker, and has been in my qt for about 2 weeks. He is doing fantastic, shows no signs of illness or distress, eats great. I am going to move him to my display tank this weekend I think.

I have narrowed down my final stocking list and just want to be sure it will be ok. I have a 38 gallon IM Nuvo tank. Stock list is:

2 occellaris clowns (already have)
1 midas blenny (already have)
1 purple dottyback
1 orangetail blue damsel

I know people are soooo against damsels, and it might come back to bite me in the behind, but I am hoping with the fish I have chosen, they can all hold thier own and get along.

I have also considered a royal gramma instead of the dottyback, or a six line wrasse, but would preferrably like to stick with my above list.

lastly, I would really like to add a bangaii cardinal to this list, but am not sure if I am already overstocking the tank, and/or how one would do with the above fish. Thoughts? I can take it or leave it either way, but if I do add one, I would like to add it before the dottyback and damsel.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:37 PM   #2
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I think the stocking level is okay, just understand that dottybacks can be really aggressive towards other fish (at least the couple that I have had were). They tend to do a lot of territorial chasing. You've been warned about Damsels, so give it a try, if you must, and be ready to yank it if it gets out of line.
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Besides the slight visual differences, is there much difference between the true orchid dottyback and the purple dottyback (psuedochromis) in personality? Is one more or less aggressive than the other? I have only ever seen 1 puple dottyback in person, and it was a purple psuedochromis. My LFS has a lot of yellow ones, but Ive not seen any purple ones there.

If I do decide to get both the dottyback and the damsel, which one should I get first? My plan was to add the damsel last, or perhaps both at the same time, but maybe I should add the dottyback last????

Would a Royal Gramma be a better choice than a dottyback? I have heard they too can be very territorial.
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My gramma was a model citizen, never bothered any other fish. Hid alot though and stayed in the rockwork.
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Royal grammas are wusses. Mine comes out all day everyday but would never hurt a fly. My blenny owns her in comparison. Every once in a while the gramma opens her mouth real wide to show the blenny but the blenny just isn't intimidated and the gramma runs away.
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Yea my gramma is all show too. He opens his mouth wide and acts all big but then swims back to his rock.
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lol.
I have been doing a lot of googling on royal grammas vs dottybacks, and it looks like the gramma seems to be hands down the more mellow of the two.
Now I'm not sure what I am gonna do. I really want a purple fish, but I really wanted a fish that was a little less shy than a gramma...............hmph. Any suggestions?

Ok......sooooooo, do you think if I change the dottyback to a gramma, keep the damsel and remaining stock list, I would be ok to add the cardinal? Thinking if that is not too overstocked, I might add the cardinal next, then the gramma, and finish with the damsel.
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I think that's fine. Also, my gramma isn't shy at all. Eats from my hand lol. That may just be mine though
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Yea mine isn't shy either, he hangs around his rock but is most always out.
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hmmm......you guys might be convincing me that the gramma is the way to go. I really love the color of the dottybac, but not sure I want to risk the agression. I will already be risking it a bit with the damsel, but hopefully putting it in last will help.

Think I am going to go ahead and get the cadrinal next, which will give me loads of time to decide for sure on which fish I should go with.
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