Originally Posted by Fishfreak1
Heck no I'm not paying $1500 just for the tank and equipment to have 12 fish. Lots of people say my tanks are overstocked but all my fish and filters are fine and I change my tank water once a month and all parameters are fine. I have 12 tanks 7 20 gallon tanks each have 18 fish that are at least 3 in each. Also I have 3 40 gallon marine tanks which have 20 fish and 5 inverts. I also have 2 55gallon tanks with 35 fish and 10 inverts. All my marine tank fish are 2-3inches. Now I want to have a 100 gallon tank to have at least 20 5 inch fish 1 full grown eel 28 in and 15 inverts.
Okay...I've read through the thread and here is the issue. Eels are considered predators. They eat other fish and pretty much anything they can catch. It's their instinct. If you put an eel with your list of fish, you can start small but eventually you will have stuff disappear if not immediately. When you go to your LFS
, this is the reason they are found in tanks by themselves with live rock. If you want a lot of fish then I wouldn't necessarily have a "reef" but you could put anemone and things like that in there. If you add tangs make sure that you've not only quarantined him but you've quarantined the other fish that are going in. If there's a hint of any ich or disease he'll be your first victim (I've had brown,powder,yellow,regal tangs). Butterfly fish are awesome and beautiful. I would only put one in as they fight. I've seen people put two and to be honest I had a large tank that had a bicolor and a flame angel with no issues but introduced them at the same time. I'm sure you know this but angels typically do better in reef tanks. If you do some research you will find that they live longer in a reef set up.
You basically need to decide if you want a predator tank or not. You really can't have that list of fish in the same tank. It's not a matter of whether the eel will eat your fish, it's when. Realize that the eel is going to stress the fish out. How about making this tank a normal saltwater tank and buying a pet snake?