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Old 03-05-2005, 10:32 AM   #1
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My tank is now fully cycled, and the cleanup crew has been hard at work for three weeks. FINALLY, time to start thinking about some fish! I would like to end up with the following fish:

Blue/Green Chromis x 3
True Percula Clowns x 2
Yellow Tang x 1
Yellowtail Damsel x 1
Dwarf Flame Angel x 1
Lawnmower Blenny x 1
Flame Cardinal x 1.

I know that is near or over the max limit, so i may never get there. I am looking for some advice on both compatibility and, more importantly, the order in which to add the fish to minimize problems. I also plan to add a couple of cleaner shrimp. Thanks in advance.
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I would ditch the damsel. Flame angels sometimes are picky eaters. I think other than that you will be ok. Although IMO 9 fish in a 75 gallon is a lot. Especially sine the tangs get pretty good size.
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Old 03-05-2005, 12:21 PM   #3
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I would swap out the damsel and cardinal for two more chromis. I've nothing against damsels but, the chromis would be happier in a larger group. Also, everything I've read about cardinals is that they are nocturnal and also do better in groups. As for order of adding, the only thing I would recommend is that the tang be added last. The lawnmower blenny is cool but be sure you have enough algae in the tank to sustain him. (they like that green film algae) Some will take to prepared foods, some don't. Mine never did.
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Old 03-05-2005, 12:38 PM   #4
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Check my profile for some suggestions. I do have a purple tang, but have an LFS buddy that he can go to when the time comes. Otherwise, there are a lot of smaller fish in my 75g.
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flame angel will chew on your corals when it grows.... lessen learnt...
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Agree, I would loose the Cardinal. Disagree a bit about the damsel. A singular one should be OK. Just put him in after the chromis.
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I love my yellow tail blue damsel - he swims beside my perculas, and likes to eat at the nori clip with my yellow tang. He was my first fish, but since I have a lot of hiding areas in my lr, nobody has trouble getting along.
Good luck, and remember to go slow - one or two fish at a time after qt.
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add the tang last probably.
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Old 03-06-2005, 12:02 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I guess the chromis will go in first, then the clowns, then the yellow-tail (with breath held for that one) and then see how things are going. I will ditch the cardinal. do you think the tang should go in after the flame angel or before, and how about the blenny?
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Hermit Crabs (10 Scarlet Reef, 10 Blueleg, 10 Dwarf Zebra)
Snails (10 Turbo/Astrea, 10 Nassarius, 10 Cerith)
Fighting Conch
3 Peppermint Shrimp
Cleaner Clam
Hitchhikers - 8-10 black spiney urchins, some sort of tube coral, aptasia anemones
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Blenny can go at any time, no one should mess with him.
I would place the Flame, then the Tang.
Oh ya, go slow and don't forget to qt each fish for 4 weeks before adding.
I know damsels (many times they deserve it) get a bum rap. But if the sequence is done right and you only add one, you should be Ok.
My Damsel is a sweetheart, gets along fine with the others. Beautiful fish IMO.
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