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Old 01-07-2012, 06:13 PM   #31
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how long will it take for the bacteria to establish in the ac50? i'm going to setup a 15 or 20 gallon qt tank and will use the ac50 on that. just wondering how long it will need to run on the main tank before i put it on the qt?
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:18 AM   #32
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alright guys i need some help with stocking.

my next addition to the tank will be the clean up crew. how many and of what should i add to my tank? it is getting a pretty decent amount of hair algae so i want to make sure i get a jump on that with the clean up crew.

as far as fish go here is a list of things i am interested in.

eight line wrasse (only fish in the tank so far)
lawnmower blenny
watchman goby
some kind of butterflyfish
kole yellow eye tang
white tail bristletooth tang
yellow tang
some kind of dwarf angel
fire fish
some kind of flasher wrasse
pair of clowns

i know not all of those will get along or fit in my tank. that is just a general list of fish i like. looking for everyones help on what to actually get.

i am pretty positive i am going to get a 125 to setup in my basement this summer but im not sure if i will keep the 72 running then or not so keep that in mind.

i would really like to have a puffer, trigger and some kind of eel but i think i will wait and possible get those for the 125 if i can afford to run both tanks.

always open to suggestions on other fish. like i sad that is just a quick list.

thanks for the help everyone!
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:47 AM   #33
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Thats quite the list you have there for fish! I would limit the tangs to one, preferably a Kole tang based on the size of your tank.

Butterfly fish can be kinda difficult to get eating, I think it really depends on the kind you go with. My kleins butterfly ate straight out of the bag and eats everything I put in so I think I got lucky.

Also, if you are going to get corals at some point you may want to pass on the angel fish as they are known coral nippers usually.
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Heniochus butterfly is another good one . I got one the other day. Easy to take care of and hasn't refused any type of food yet.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:36 PM   #35
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haha yes i know that was a big list. i was basically just scrolling through live aquaria and writing down things i was interested in that could work. lol

this is what i am thinking as far as stocking goes

eight line wrasse
kole tang
heniochus butterfly (thanks for the suggestion hondatek. really like the look of those)
lawnmower blenny
watchmen goby and pistol shrimp pair (hopefully they pair up)
pair of clowns
flasher wrasse
pair of fire fish.

is that overstocked? if so what should i remove or change?
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I wouldnt say overstocked, but i wouldnt add anymore. Not sure about the pair of butterflys though.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:42 PM   #37
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yeah i think that will be plenty if i even add all of those. the butterflys will probably be last and may not even go in this tank. i might just wait till i get a 125 to put them in.

i don't plan on ever having corals so i'm not worried about that.

is there any particular order i should add the fish in?
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I have read a pair of heniocus can work if the tank is big enough and introduced at the same time. But they will fight to establish who is the boss. I would stick with one butterfly personally .
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really? i did a quick google search of them and haven't read to much yet but what i did read said they liked to be in pairs.
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I don't doubt that a pair is a bad idea at all . Just going by what my saltwater encyclopedia says about them establishing their status among themselves . The main reasoning I suggest one is to save room for a different fish you like since a pair is not needed for a happy heniochus.
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