hello all, i've recently gotten into salt water aquariums, and decided to dive right in. ive made some pretty bad mistakes, but i'm definitely learning from them.
i have a 90 gallon fowlr
- so far has a pink tailed trigger fish, and a naso tang. i have a porcupine puffer that will be joining them once he's done being treated for ich
i'm wondering what else would be good in there, i had a lunare wrasse, but had to return her as she was too agressive.
i also have a 20 gallon with live rock, 2 small corals, 1 rose anemone, 1 sea urchin, 1 black/white percula, 1 firefish, 1 mandarin dragonette (i know the tank should be much larger for her, i'll talk about her later), 2 emerald crabs, 1 hermit crab, 1 fighting conch, and 1 diamond snail. i know it's a bit crowded, i'm going to move out the crabs and 1 snail.
i have another 20 gallon with live rock, 1 coral beauty.
in a qt i have a percula, lemon goby, and a warpaint green goby. they are all being treated for ich as well. (ive learned the hard way not to play musical tanks- too much stress!!!) once they are all better they will go with the coral beauty
so, back to the mandarin. i've wanted one for years, even before i even got into aquariums. i know they're supposed to be in larger tanks with tons of live rock, and it should be a well established aquarium, but being the spontaneous newbie i am, i just had to get her when i saw her at a store. so far it seems like she's eating. i got two bottles of copepods ($45) just to have the clown eat them all. grrrr. my lfs
told me she might eat frozen baby brine shrimp, and so far it seems like it's doing ok.
once the percula is out of treatment i'd like to breed him, but we'll see.
i've had an undulated trigger- way too agressive- killed my first lion fish.
moved the trigger to a tank by herself, but all she did was hide. we returned her.
i got a second lion fish in the 90 gallon, which promptly died 2 days later. now i understand the importance of qting ALL new fish!!!!!
so, now lets talk about ich. worst thing ever!! my puffer came down with it, so we treated him with lifeguard by instant ocean- seemed to work, thought he was better, moved him back, and BAM! even worse! so now he's back in qt where he'll stay for at least 3 weeks. i've heard the only thing that treats ich is copper or hyposalinity. i also understand that porc. puffers are extremely sensitive to copper. i'm hoping this second round of treatment works, in the mean time he's happy because while he's sick he gets to eal all the live fish he wants! yummy.
so back to my original question, what tank mates would be good for the 90 gal
. i like unusual, colorful fish. and hopefully not too expensive. thanks for reading!! hope to hear some feedback:p