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Old 12-25-2005, 01:20 AM   #1
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what do you all feel i should get?

I have just recieved $75 gift certificate to the local fish store and was wondering what you all think i should get. I have a 45 gal tank, great water conditions, and great filtration. Im not so sure what all is compatible with my choc. chip star, i have a ton of little snails, and 4 really small feather dusters that just started growing as well. Im thinking towards a fu man chu or fuzzy dwarf lionfish and maybe a panther grouper. i used to have a a lot of fish but once i started buying from petco the fish were diseased and killed everything so now im back to the local fish store that has the good stuff. If you have these types of inverts what fish do you have with them?
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Old 12-25-2005, 02:35 AM   #2
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panther grouper needs ALOT of room, the dwarf lion should be fine given that he'll be the only fish in the tank
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Yes, truly rethink the grouper. A very poor choice for a tank that small. Any of the dwarf lions would be happy in that set up. Zebra, fuzzy or fu manchu. Though the fu manchu isn't supposed to be as hardy as the other two. You could have a dwarf lion and maybe another moderately sized fish like a dwarf angel. It gets decent size as not to be a target (or shouldn't be, no guarantees) for the lion but won't outgrow a 45g tank.
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If you have feather dusters or anything like that than a dwarf angel really isn't a wise choice.

The grouper also gets very huge... usually somewhere around 30 inches. I have seen an almost full grown one and it was the coolest, and hugest thing, I have ever seen. I would recommend something like a 150...well more into the 200's.
So that's also not a wise choice...VERy bad choice I must say.

If you want a lion I would get the dwarf fuzzy.

Some other medium size fish may be okay in there as long as it isn't food for the lion or is=f it attacks the inverts.
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that size why not just get some cool tropicals like clowns and gobys.

For smaller tanks its nice to have a nice mix rather than just one monster fish.

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There are many options available for a 45 gallon tank. If you go the predator route your options are limited.
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Won't lions eat all the snails? I like the clown pair idea.
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They won't eat the snails. They can't get around that shell.

I have mine with inverts and others have them in reefs with no problems.

You just obviously wouldn't keep them with little shrimp or something like that.
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