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Old 07-12-2002, 08:17 AM   #1
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Getting my first fish (since tank has completed cycle) Tuesday, which will be a Coral Beauty. What will be the best diet?
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Well I know you got some good advice on another msg board.

I feed my coral beauty flake food, algae squares, frozen brine, bottled plankton.

When I first got the coral beauty I would wittness it picking at the LR. Some dwarf angel fish have been seen picking at soft corals. This appears to be a hit or miss type thing with them.

Mine was also very skidish for a long time when I put it in my 45 gal tank. Now is just swims in and around the LR.
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Old 07-12-2002, 07:15 PM   #3
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I'm curious as to what other fish you are planning on adding to your tank? Pygmy angels can be bullys to new tankmates, and usually shouldn't be added first....
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Old 07-13-2002, 08:25 AM   #4
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Oh, my gosh

I have decided to add Maroon Clown at the same time I am adding Coral Beauty. If they do well, plan to add Yellow Tang in a couple of weeks.
Will this work
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Old 07-13-2002, 09:37 AM   #5
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How big a tank is this again?


I consider maroon clowns to be the most agressive of the clown family.

I am concerned that your adding two fish at once and just want to make sure your tank is largenough to support that bioload initally.

Also the yellow tang will want lots o' swimming room.
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Old 07-13-2002, 10:40 AM   #6
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Tank is 55gal.
I really don't know much about the different kinds of fish yet. Have been looking at a few books and visiting LFS when I can get away. I would like to have a peaceful tank and really want a few beautiful, compatible fish (price is not the big issue). Think I would be interested in...

Coral Beauty (rather have Flame, but since this is to be a gift
Flame Hawk
Clown (I'm kind of open as to what kind, just trying to get some red into tank)
Yellow Tang (because of color)

I would love to hear your suggestions
If you were starting out with a 55gal tank, what would you put into it? Of course you would have to imagine yourself as a beginner :P

This is so difficult, would also like to have interesting fish. I don't want much, do I?
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I would think a 55 would be ok by adding two fish at first.

The general rule it to add the most agressive fish last.

Now the problem is trying to figure out which of the 4 fish listed is the least agressive.

Personally I have not seen my coral beauty have agression. Its always been a very passive fish when it comes to feeding times and just general swimming around and does not pay attention to the others. As kevin said some pygmy angles can be more agressive.

I am only speaking from my personal obeservations and also the angel was not the first fish in the tank.

Clowns can be agressive but usually toward their own genus more than other fish. In a tanks smaller than a 55 putting another fish in with a maroon clown could be death for the other fish. If you have a 55 gal with a fair amount of LR a clown first should be ok even if it is a maroon.

I have no experence with either tang or flame hawk. I do know the tangs have a sharp bone just infront of their tail they use to defend themselves but dont know if they tend to be overly agressive with it.

Have you thought about two clowns? Two small clowns would be a good pair of starter fish.
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If I were going to do two clowns to start with, should they be something different than the Maroon?
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I had two maroons in a 20 gal tank with no problem. I dont see anything wrong with adding two small maroons to the tank to start with.

Let them be "king" of the tank for about 2 weeks checking ammonia and if you get two weeks with no ammonia spikes then your good for another small fish.

The key is to not overload the bio filtration by dumping all your fish in there at once.

BTW, The only reason I said I had two maroons is that I lost one due to no fault of the maroon's. I feel like an Idot but I bumped the AC up to 80F when I left for a week long trip. When I got back the tank was overheating in the 90's and I had a sole survior of one maroon.
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HI!, Speaking of clowns... I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about black clowns? I have looked everywhere and can't seem to find them. I find ones CALLED black clowns, but they aren't what I am looking for. I've noticed some that ALMOST look like the one I saw, but not quite. The one we saw at our LFS was solid black, with the white stripes and was about 3-4 inches long. the ones I have seen online and in books that resemble it are all black except for their face, usually the tip of their nose etc. is a browny orange that quickly blends to the black body. This one is entirely black aside from his stripes. We are (as soon as we get the tank straight) getting a purple base Ritteri anemone (small one comparatively) and are looking for a clown to go with. I think that black and white would be striking with the bright purple and green of the anemone but like I said can't find anything about it. Any ideas?? thanks
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