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Old 11-12-2006, 12:13 PM   #11
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I am trying to get an idea about which fish will work. I would like there to be one centerpiece type fish. Can someone point to a nice (not super expensive) 10" or larger fish that wont kill off the cleaning crew?
You have lots of options...there are several tangs that would be nice. Yellow, pruple, regal are good options.
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When I get the water ready and all of the equipment going, do I put the liverock in immediately? or do I have to wait a few days even for that?
The LR can go directly in to help cycle your tank. You can wait a couple of days to let the sand settle and water clear a bit. This will just make it easier to see hat you are doing with the rock.
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I used Biospira with great results on my freshwater, how would it affect the cycling time on a saltwater? Would I use it with the liverock or when I first put the cleaning crew in or when I put the first fish in?
Don't waste your money on the bio-spira. There is no substitute for the time it takes to finish a good hard cycle. Spend the money on more LR instead. While Bio-spira may appear to cycle a tank in a couple of days, it really does nothig to set the tank up for long-term habbitation.
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I used Biospira with great results on my freshwater, how would it affect the cycling time on a saltwater? Would I use it with the liverock or when I first put the cleaning crew in or when I put the first fish in?
Don't waste your money on the bio-spira. There is no substitute for the time it takes to finish a good hard cycle. Spend the money on more LR instead. While Bio-spira may appear to cycle a tank in a couple of days, it really does nothig to set the tank up for long-term habbitation.
I totally agree .
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You guys are awesome. I can definitely be patient so I'll scrap the biospira idea and just let the cycle happen naturally. I am not going to be nudgy and ask about 100 different fish options, but I had 2 basic questions:

1. I read at fantasyreef that a Volitan lionfish wont eat inverts...does that mean most of my clean up crew would be fine? I really want a lionfish if possible.

2. I know lions eat smaller fish. Would they go after a small fish like a flame angel or is that within an acceptable size?

Thanks again for everyone's patience. I am nervous and excited at the same time.
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I have never had a lion fish but that same article does say not to have small fish in there. I would think your shrimp might be in trouble if you have any.
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I believe they will possibly eat inverts/fish that they can fit in their mouths. I love them too!
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I think when the time comes, I will take my chances with the lionfish. The more I look at pictures, the more I realize it's probably the one fish I want the most. I will definitely adjust the other fish I choose around it, but I can always add more to the clean up crew if he really starts to feast on them.

By the way, how big does their mouth get. I've seen them in person (my father's office has a 200 gallon tank with one), but I still can't tell if they would eat a flame angel. Anyone with good lion experience? Help would be hugely appreciated.
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