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Old 01-04-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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Unhappy 55 Gallon Salt water tank restart

I have a 55 gallon that recently crashed. I lost all my coral, 1 spiny urchin and a damsel. Currently I have a sailfin tang, black & white stripped damsel, yellow wrasser, a goby, and 2 clown fish.

I just put them back and the tank and they are doing good. What could I add that would work well with my guys
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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so... no suggestions, ideas?
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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Are you sure that is a 55 gallon tank? It seems to be a bowfront so it should either be 46 gallons (3ft) or 72 gallons (4ft) and either way the sailfin should not be in there. They should be given a 180 gallon tank. With that said you are fully stocked imo if you wanna go reef. If not then I'd remove the tang and maybe add a couple smaller fish in its place like gobys, blennys, or dartfish.
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It is a bow front, 42 Length x 18 W x 21 H. The Sail Fin has been in this tank going on 2 years now.
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Your sure its 42"? So you have a 3.5' light fixture? Also, whether the sailfin was in there for a day or 10 years it doesn't change the fact that its a large tang which needs a 6' tank minimum. I don't wanna come off as rude but if you are putting the kind of money that sw takes to do then you should be doing the proper research on fish husbandry and requirements before purchasing. The only tangs that can be kept in tanks under 4' for life would be like kole tangs. Once again no offense intended just trying to put you on the right track.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:58 PM   #6
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Just measured it before posting

I originally had a Yellow Tang and a Blue Tang, but due to bad advice there was some issues with the Tang

The Sail Fin was suggested by the people we do all are shopping with on aquariums
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Just measured it before posting

I originally had a Yellow Tang and a Blue Tang, but due to bad advice there was some issues with the Tang

The Sail Fin was suggested by the people we do all are shopping with on aquariums
Do you mean your local fish/pet store?
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:02 PM   #8
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There is 2 here in Charlotte. One gives very bad advice which would kill your aquarium, which is why we lost our yellow tang (the blue one had some virus that killed it off eventually)

The other is a great store that has been a huge help

Yes both are local. We did use Dr. Fosters at one time
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Tangs very often will come down with ich or other health problems when not given enough room to swim. Keep in mind tangs in the wild can cover vast distances in their natural habitat on a day to day basis which many fish in the SW trade are from the wild. I'm having trouble believing the size of your tank though as I've never heard of a 55 bowfront. There are 54 bowfront corner tanks but flat backs from what I know (not including euro tanks) are 16, 26, 36, 46, 72, 155, and 220.
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Im just going by what my tape measure tells me, but thanks for the advice on the fish

What would I need in the means of a clean up crew
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