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Old 08-29-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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No live stock yet. Want to add some tomorrow but have questions for all you great people out there

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  • No Cycle because I have 100Lb's of LR that came from a 2yr old tank. Sand was new.
  • Been up and running for about 1month now with all parameters remaining the same.
  • PH - 7.8.... I need to bring this up to 8.2-8.4, right? How do I do that? Why isn't it at that range already?
  • Ammonia - 0
  • Nitrite - 0
  • Nitrate - 10.... been consistantly here. Is that ok?
  • KH - 125.3.... This is low but this is basically a FOWLR with just a very few easy corals. Is this ok?
  • SG - 1.023
  • Phosphate - 0
  • Calcium - 300... i know this is low too. Will this be ok with the couple corals I am going to transfer... (frogspawn, brain, green bubble)
So here is the stocking question..... I have a clown in another tank that I want to transfer over to this one... but from what I read I should add all clowns and similar at one time to prevent aggression. So should I move this clown, but 2 more and 4 chromis all at the same time?
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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Oh, and then in 2 weeks I was going to add 2 tangs.
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I would say that might be too much for a two week period. Maybe a month or two. Is there a sump or refuge for this tank?
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there is a 25 gallon sump. I would love to take it slow and add only one fish every 2-3 weeks.... but I'm worried about transferring my clown to this tank alone... .from what I read, if I add other clowns / chromis later - they may attack him.

What would be your recommendation... if my goal is to have 4 chromis, 2 other clowns and my one existing clown (that is currently in another tank).... then later down the road I will add the tangs and others...
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If it was me I would add only one clown if they are different and two if they are a mated pair. I had two different type clowns in a 125 and they picked at each other for yrs. Just go with a mated pair and go with an odd number (3 or 5) of chromis. Wait a month and add your tangs. BTW what type tangs?
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Oh, there is no fuge... my sump currently is dual hose that goes into bunches of BIO Balls... then through sponge and into chamber that houses heater and skimmer..... then out throug external pump
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Thanks Mike.... so in your opinion... just transfer my existing clown in the tank at the same time with 3-4 chromis? (tomorrow). Then I won't get any more clowns.

I'm currently looking at the Brown Powder Tang and the Salfin Tang.
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Sounds good. Now about the tangs. Sailfin should be OK and maybe the powder brown but they do have a reputation as ick magnets. Do you have a QT to observe him with?
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Man, I know some tangs our easily receptable to Itch but from my readings I thought these two were not. Can you recommend two tang size fish that are pretty and fun to watch -- and hardy.
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Also regarding my PH being at 7.8..... i'm using instant ocean --- is this going to be normal PH for me? Am I going to have to consistantly use a buffer? recommendations?
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