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Old 05-04-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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Live stock ideas!

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Monday we goto the city to get the rest of my aquarium stuff. And now I'm reeeeally thinking of what fish to get (this 4+ weeks is gonna be sooooo slow). It's a 120gallon (48 x 24 x 24), with a 50 gallon sump (I don't actually know how many gallons will be in the sump once it gets running though..)

Now I want to know what you would stock it with; I want to start with a pair of clowns... Everyone said there pretty hardy fish so hopefully if I keep them alive for a month or so I can slowly add a few more fish. Rehoming the initial clowns isn't something I will want to do, but I don't know how much having them will limit my choices...

A local guy I've met through all this has offered me some hardy coral, I'm not exactly sure what it is, but he's going to give it to me for free so I can start learning about coral as well, but it'll be a long time before I get anything to special, so reef safe really isn't a necessity.

The boyfriend really wants some kind of puffer fish, and at some point (if at all possible) I'd really like a sting ray... Is there any that I could have in my tank? Or will this just have to stay a dream?
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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Exciting isn't it and it can feel like forever waiting for the cycle but I sure you have heard before that patience is the key. Unfortunately of you are wanting to keep corals a puffer is out of the question and so is the stingray, they require much larger tanks. Keep it on your dream tank list (like I do) have you checked out live aquaria? Plenty of fish to choose from for your size tank.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #3
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Shucks. Was really hoping for a sting ray. Oh well just an excuse to upgrade i am wanting a large fish as a center piece and then a few medium size. It will take me a long time to get my stock (being broke comes with the hobby I hear...) defiantly looking at some kind of tangs (I think there really cute (: ), but after that I have no idea what kind I want... I want everything.
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Yeah definitely check live aquaria out, maybe a large angel? If you select tank size it narrows it down for you. Tangs are cool but can be probe to disease. A foxface is another large fish that's pretty cool too...
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I'd do a foxface or a smaller tang like a yellow, kole or tomini as the centerpiece. Large angels get massive and need a ton more room than a 120 offers.
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What about a harlequin tusk, fox face, dejarni tang, humu trigger. Throwing things out there.
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I wouldn't do the des jardini sailfin either. Sailfins get gigantic. But the other 2 are good if you don't want a reef
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I like lion fish too (was looking at some of the dwarf ones). But it says they'll eat shrimp and smaller fish... So again seems to limit my other choices.
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Lions will eat your clowns the second they go in your tank. I highly suggest liveaquaria for browsing. run some of your other ideas by us.
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This is a great site for window shopping. Saltwater Fish: Marine Aquarium Fish for Saltwater Aquariums
Their info on the fish is fairly straight. If they say "reef safe with caution" the fish will eat your Inverts. Check the divers den they have some rare and expensive fish. Good luck!
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