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Old 01-19-2004, 07:04 PM   #1
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Fish per gallon Rule

I've been hearing a few different ideas...inches per gallon, inches per square foot...I have a 30 gallon tank...how many 'up to 4 inch' fish can I get?
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sorry to tell you this, but there is no 'rule'. it really depends on the fish. a 4" watchman goby is going to be completely different than a 4" valentini puffer which will be ocmpletely different than a 4" dwarf fuzzy lion.

list of fish you'd like and i'm sure you could get better advice regarding stocking.
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Old 01-19-2004, 08:16 PM   #3
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Yep, I totally agree, there are way too many variables to give a inch of fish per gallon rule. The "rule" started as a way to gauge biological filtration, with the advances there it isn't even an efficient or good guideline anymore.
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hmm ok well basically I wanted to start with some kind of damsel because they are the most hardy. Probably something not very aggressive, (help with picking out one of these fellas would be appreciated too) so that I can add a pair??(hopefully..will they fit?) of clowns...if thats not my limit already...i would think about maybe one pgymy angelfish? (compatible?) or someting else that doesnt get too big and is fairly easy to care for and hardy. Also, probably cleaner shrimp or snails, I don't know if they're included in the 'rule'.
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Old 01-19-2004, 10:52 PM   #5
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If you are looking for suggestions, I would start off with the clowns as the first fish after the tank has properly <<cycled>> and they have gone through <<quarantine>>.

TR false percs (Amphiprion Ocellaris) are very hardy hardy and could be a good place to start. Honestly given your potentially limited stocking room, a damsel would be a poor choice and should be avoided. They can be quite aggressive and would cause more problems than their worth.

There are many, many very colorful smaller growing fish available that are both reef friendly and personable. I would research a few of those before making a decision.

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I'll look into it...Honestly, the only reason I was going with damsels is because so many people start their tanks out with damsels, as they are hardy and very inespensive. Like I said, I eventually want a pair of percula clowns, but these have to be added at the same time, right? Well, one clown is about 20 bucks, so two is 40...and damsels are about 5 each. I just didnt want to spend 40 bucks on the first fish I get, because what if they dont make it???
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There are other alternatives for a first fish that will still allow for the addition of the clowns at a later date. You do not have to add the clowns at the same time, but if you know your going to want a pair, it is easiest to do it that way.
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What are some of these fish you speak of? Are they as cheap as damsels?
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There isn't much good about a cheap fish if it picks on your more expensive fish later .

If your tank has cycled, I see no reason why your fish would mysteriously die. If you have water tests...and your water is good...and you quarantine each new fish there should be no problems. Thus I would add what you want, such as the perc. pair after your tank parameters appear proper and stable.
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Some of the gobies, blennies, grammas etc... Really, you need to take a look through the LFS, looking at the smaller fish, see which ones you like (and fit in your budget) and then post back so we can see if they will be compatable with the other fish you want.
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